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Submission + - Army of Davids beats Pentagon procurement

chris-chittleborough writes: "The Wall Street Journal reports that 'a Marine officer in Iraq, a small network-design company in California, a nonprofit troop-support group, a blogger and other undeterrable folk designed a handheld insurgent-identification device, built it, shipped it and deployed it in [Iraq] in 30 days.' Compare this to the Automated Biometric Identification System, a multi-megabuck Pentagon project now 2 years old. It's a striking example of 'How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths'."

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