Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has reiterated the Defense Department‘s efforts to establish strong relations with the private sector in work to help the U.S. bolster its military advantage, DoD News reported Wednesday.
Jim Garamone writes that Carter highlighted DoD’s goals for more communication and partnerships between industry and government in his keynote address at the launch of a defense technology forum in St. Louis.
“While our ties have endured through successes and strains, the challenges and opportunities we face today demand we strengthen our partnership, and in ways that benefit us both,” Carter told participants at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency‘s “Wait, What?” forum.
“”[DoD] must be able to have our scientists and researchers come together with others, like those of you here today, to promote the free exchange of ideas that drives innovation forward.”
The secretary has visited Silicon Valley twice in the past year as part of DoD’s industry outreach efforts, while the DARPA forum and the DoD Innovation Hub in California also work to support the efforts, the report said.
Garamone reports that Carter also noted the rapid seed funding programs and other initiatives to support industry.