This is another article that calls out to “innovation” as some platonic goal we should all strive for, and it chastises government for stifling innovation, which must be some great crime indeed.
Does government move slowly? Yes, but that is by design. When dealing with huge contracts being paid for with public money, the government wants to make sure that the company they are hiring can deliver, and that they can do it exactly within the parameters specified, and for the lowest possible cost. The process of figuring these issues out takes time. Does that long time stymie the ability of fast-paced start-ups to vie for government contracts? Yes it does. But it also avoids undue risk in the expenditure of the people’s money, which is taken via taxation with the express purpose of improving the lives of the citizenry.
Now, could the government improve? Absolutely. I’d imagine there are very few people who would claim that the current glacial pace of government contracting is exactly the right one. In the end, a slower pace is better for the avoidance of risk, and the protection of public funds.
Did you read the whole piece? You might be surprised to find we agree on this. The last two paragraphs literally say exactly what you just said: 1. The public bidding & vetting process is by design & very much worthwhile and 2. Some improvements could be made to speed it up to allow more competition.