NATO can learn from Ukraine’s military innovation

Expensive procurement and bureaucratic torpor hamper the alliance – Ukraine’s embrace of cyber technology and new funding shows the way forward, writes Rob Murray.

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In the Ukraine war, tech titans, troops and technocrats are working within one of the most organic and effective public-private collaborations ever seen. The result is that Ukraine is winning both the battlefield and the political narrative against a Russian aggression.

There is no cacophony of bureaucrats in Kyiv endlessly coordinating to opaque ends. There are simply empowered and resilient action-takers seeking to win a war.

Yesterday’s technology at next week’s prices

When imagining innovation, NATO and her allies can learn a good deal from this conflict. One area in particular is that of allied defence acquisition models, which remain dangerously outdated, expensive and bloated – often resulting in yesterday’s technology being delivered tomorrow at next week’s prices.

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