Whither Innovation?: Why Open Systems Architecture May Deliver on the False Promise of Public-Private Partnerships

50 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2018  

Daniel Schoeni

U.S. Air Force JAG Corps

Date Written: June 28, 2018

Abstract

In several strategy documents, the Department of Defense has suggested that it may experiment with public-private partnerships (P3s) as catalysts for innovation. This policy is misguided. P3s may prove especially disappointing if they are merely a neologism for a continuation of the same old policies that facilitate sole-source contracts whose lifecycles span decades. Open systems architecture, by contrast, has the potential to disrupt the defense industry and to facilitate the sort of competition that safeguards the public fisc, delivers better value, and stimulates innovation.

Keywords: Public Procurement, Government Contracts, OSA, MOSA, Open Systems Architecture, P3, PPP, Public-Private Partnerships, Innovation, Military Technology, Third Offset, Intellectual Property, Vendor Lock, Competition

JEL Classification: K23, K12, H44, H56, H57, O31, O38, O34, K30, K39, D43, D23, D21, D22, D73, D81, D82, D86, D72

Suggested Citation

Schoeni, Daniel, Whither Innovation?: Why Open Systems Architecture May Deliver on the False Promise of Public-Private Partnerships (June 28, 2018). Administrative Law Review, Vol. 70, No. 2, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3204480

Daniel Schoeni (Contact Author)

U.S. Air Force JAG Corps ( email )

United States

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