A former classmate of mine is about to deploy with the Spec Ops guys, and he just sent me an excerpt from a briefing about SOCOM acquisitions. It contained the following truths:
FAST Requires MORE DISCIPLINE
RISK Must Be Managed NOT AVOIDED
FASTER Does Not Have To Increase COST/RISK
COMPETITION Can Be Done QUICKLY
UNCONVENTIONAL THINKING Is An ENABLER
CREDIBILITY Enables FREEDOM OF ACTION
I've always said that SOCOM is one of the shining stars in the defense acquisition community. Their track record of delivering on time, on schedule, AND being operationally effective is quite impressive. Embracing FISTy truths like these probably has a lot to do with that.