Monday, April 25, 2016

Barriers and New Pathways: Exchange with the U.S. Air Force : April 22, 2016

MassTLC non-defense companies were invited by the MA Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force to join discussions at a U.S. Air Force Innovation Forum on April 22nd at the Boston location of the Cambridge Innovation Center.

The Air Force is initiating a series of forums to engage with non-traditional innovative tech companies and to understand how they can work to incorporate this innovation into their “business plan” in the future.  The launch of this series took place in Boston last week and attending were Governor Baker and the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force.  Secretary James chose Massachusetts for the initial session as a jumping off point for a series of regional forums the Air Force is holding across the country - all aimed at accessing America's intellectual capital.

A variety of non-traditional defense companies attended the forum and participated breakout sessions discussing strategies and potential paths forward.

The Air Force in Massachusetts employees tens of thousands of people and adds billions of dollars annually to the Massachusetts economy.  At this forum the Air Force discussed key efforts currently underway to access technologies from non-Defense companies, and they listened to our industry partner’s ideas, interests, and experiences.

A new Commonwealth partnership to help companies match their products and services to federal agency needs and programs, and to educate companies on quicker and simpler pathways to doing business with federal agencies was also announced.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James with Sampriti Bhattacharyya, Founder of Hydroswarm Inc. (underwater drone intelligence)

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