John Young, the Pentagon’s acquisition chief from 2007-09, worries that the government and defense industry’s atrocious track record on program execution could stifle innovation at the far reaches of the supply chain. “Small firms do not have the resources to weather program start delays and source selection slips,” he says (see p. 24). Fred Lisy knows exactly what Young is talking about. Lisy is the president of Orbital Research Inc., a 23-employee Cleveland company that is developing ...

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