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Aug/Sept 2014

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evolving our neW normal The Defence Procurement Strategy has changed the landscape, though to what extent remains unclear. But declining defence budgets throughout much of the western world have challenged government and indus- try approaches to acquisition. Sean riley, who leads the Integrated Mission Support Solutions (IMSS) program for Raytheon Missile Systems in McKinney Texas, says the current business model is ineffective. During a keynote address at WestDef in Calgary in July, he laid out the four pillars for evolving a new normal. p proCuremenT AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2014 31 a s global defence budgets de- crease, they have dramatically affected acquisition models. This in turn has forced new strategies and behaviours that are creating unparalleled challenges for the Depart- ment of National Defence (DND) and the defence industry. It is challenging cultural boundaries and driving bad behaviours, be it a perception of industry entitlement or a focus on product rather than service or capability. So what options do we have? We can ei- ther do business the same way, and expect different results – the very definition of in- sanity. Or, we try to do business differently by learning and understanding the motiva-

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