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Pentagon Launches Industry Project Marketplace; Jack Blackhurst Comments

The Defense Department has launched an experimental website that will provide users updates on projects supporting soldiers, American Forces Press Service reports.

Terri Moon Cronk writes customers in the military branches and small businesses will use the Defense Innovation Marketplace to find out what the government wants.

The Pentagon started the website as part of its larger Better Buying Power initiative, AFPS reports.

Jack Blackhurst, director of the human effectiveness directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory, told AFPS the website’s special human systems feature will focus on  airplane operators, submarine operators and soldiers on the ground.

Blackhurst said the website gives the government a vehicle to release information and industry a place to post information on certain technology areas companies are investing in.

Ron Kurjanowicz, senior adviser to the assistant secretary for research and engineering, said industry can use the website to find information on the Pentagon’s investment priorities.

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