I have been saying for a number of years that our national security establishment needs access to entrepreneurs and garage inventors because we as a nation need their agility and new sources of innovation. This is a viewpoint that a growing number of people within the national security establishment have taken up.
Recent acts of terror in Paris and other parts of the world have only accentuated this view. We are constantly reminded that we face national security challenges from small, distributed and agile teams who are using technology against us in unanticipated ways.
We as a country need to respond with technological approaches that are similarly agile and creative. In significant ways, our national security agencies’ existing mechanisms for obtaining innovation inhibit the attraction of new and agile sources of innovation.
However, there are…