professional service corporations and towards prime contractors that build platforms. If the military services succeed in reversing that trend and creating a team of non-production system of systems integrators, perhaps that should be considered enough of a victory. It would provide at least minimal protection from scandal that might derail the trajectory of the information technology revolution in military affairs. Despite the questions that some have raised about whether the POET has optimized technical support for missile defence, a POET-like team for NCW might well make important strides towards improving the technical future of the American way of war. Regardless of the particular institutional form that transformation advocates ultimately adopt, access to first-class systems integration capability will continue to be a hallmark of the American military's acquisition establishment.
Some of the research for this chapter was supported by the 'Military Transformation and the Defense Industry after Next' project at the Naval War College. The author would like to thank Peter Dombrowski and Harvey Sapolsky for helpful discussions on systems integration.