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A defense acquisition expert on the procurement lessons of ‘Star Wars’

Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward wasn’t at all impressed by Darth Vader’s management style, which he finds overly reliant on motivating workers through “telekinetic strangulation.” Also, he says, “Death Stars can’t possibly be built on time or on budget, require pathological leadership styles and…keep getting blown up.” The lessons of “Star Wars,” he concludes, ...

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Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward wasn't at all impressed by Darth Vader's management style, which he finds overly reliant on motivating workers through "telekinetic strangulation." Also, he says, "Death Stars can't possibly be built on time or on budget, require pathological leadership styles and...keep getting blown up."

The lessons of "Star Wars," he concludes, are: Build simple, inexpensive weapons, and rely more on droids than on Death Stars.

Meanwhile, since I have nowhere else to put it, and I don't have the copyright clearance to run it myself, here's a link to a great weird photo.

Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Ward wasn’t at all impressed by Darth Vader’s management style, which he finds overly reliant on motivating workers through “telekinetic strangulation.” Also, he says, “Death Stars can’t possibly be built on time or on budget, require pathological leadership styles and…keep getting blown up.”

The lessons of “Star Wars,” he concludes, are: Build simple, inexpensive weapons, and rely more on droids than on Death Stars.

Meanwhile, since I have nowhere else to put it, and I don’t have the copyright clearance to run it myself, here’s a link to a great weird photo.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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