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Government leaders discuss their role in helping emerging companies succeed

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In this op-ed, Dcode's Riya Patel speaks with DOD's Jen Bird and Army's Paul Puckett about supporting emerging, innovative companies in the defense landscape.

Recovering DOD innovators

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Brian Beachkofski, former commander of the Air Force's Kessel Run; Brian Masters, former director of cloud and AI enablement for Army's XVIII Airborne Corps; Meagan Metzger, CEO and co-founder of Dcode.

Make way for innovation: Understanding the roadblocks for emerging tech in government

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In an op-ed, a pair of executives from the defense tech industry discuss how small companies can better offer innovative solutions government needs.

Pentagon awards $100M to accelerate innovative tech adoption from nontraditional contractors

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The Defense Department has allocated $100 million to 10 startups with the hope of accelerating existing innovative tech pilots into full production. Through the Accelerate the Procurement and Fielding of Innovative Technologies (APFIT) pilot program, the DOD aims to push existing innovative projects across the “valley of death” — a term that has come to define the trend of innovative companies winning small projects with the DOD that succeed in…

DOD grappling with multibillion-dollar laboratory investment gap

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Senior Pentagon officials and lawmakers are sounding the alarm about the conditions of the nation’s aging defense-focused laboratories and testing facilities. More funding and resources are needed to drive innovation and confront difficulties impacting the military’s research infrastructure, they said Thursday during a House Armed Services cyber, innovative technologies, and information subcommittee hearing on the Pentagon’s science and technology-aligned proposals for fiscal 2023. “If we expect the department to attract…

Pentagon launches new website to help innovative companies find opportunities to work with DOD

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The Department of Defense has created a new “Innovation Pathways” website aimed at making it easier for industry and academia to search for opportunities to collaborate with the DOD on technology projects, the Pentagon announced Friday. The online portal, www.ctoinnovation.mil, will provide a “one-stop shop” for outside organizations to access the department’s innovation “ecosystem,” according to a press release. The site “serves as a gateway to the Department’s efforts to…

DOD doesn't have what it needs for 'software supremacy,' Eric Schmidt says

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The military conflicts of tomorrow will be driven in large part by technologies like artificial intelligence, but the Department of Defense doesn’t yet have the talent and innovative mindset to achieve the “software supremacy” needed to compete with global powers like China, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt said recently. “Why is software so important? Because the next battles will be fought based on software supremacy. They really will be,” said…

The Army is trying to jump-start its venture capital arm

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The Department of the Army is seeking to revitalize its internal venture capital firm, the Army Venture Capital Corporation (AVCC), which was created by Congress in 2002 but has sat dormant for 10 years without funding. The firm now has a new managing director, Jake Chapman who spoke with FedScoop in his first interview. Chapman is still working to get funding from Congress to invest in startups, but if given $50-$100 million,…