The Private Sector Is Ahead of Government in Technology Development

It used to be that government spurred new technology.

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Here's an interesting article on why federal agencies have had such a difficult time purchasing information technology. It seems that government management procedures are just not supple enough to cope with high tech. Once upon a time, government spurred technology development, most notably with the Manhattan Project but also with many military contracts. In the last 20 years or so, the private sector, or at least the information technology sector, seems to be sprinting ahead of government.