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Breaking the Enigma of Government Contracting: Applying the lessons of Alan Turing

Updated: Feb 22

Is GovCon an Imitation Game or should we make our own path?

At Boone, we know that government contracting isn’t an ideal system. There are specifications and obligations that can sometimes feel impossible to decipher. We thrive on translating those codes, to help innovative companies connect with the right agencies. Connecting those current innovations to the teachings of the past is a Boone superpower, and inventors in the service are a great place to look.



Alan Turing, the codebreaker of the enigma machine, can tell us that sometimes ‘the way it’s done’ should often be thrown to the wayside. The task force attempting to translate the Enigma machine had read transcripts by hand for years during the war. Rather than following in their footsteps, Turing was able to create an early digital system called “Tunny” that de-coded and understood the messages passing between borders. Had he stayed within the given lines, everything from AI to our laptops could have turned out very differently.


So, what does that mean for you? It means that rather than listening to the people telling you that contracting with the government is a non-starter, be courageous in starting your own path towards the win. It means that while the traditional way may be complicated, there will be a new solution if you’re hungry enough to put in the work and find it. You don’t have to follow the path of the way it’s always been, find the code that breaks down inept systems and learn from those who have gone before you. Boone knows the importance of looking back to the lessons of past heroes to succeed with new knowledge in the present. Take those lessons and win. Be bold enough to avoid the imitation game.


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