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Adm. James Winnefeld: Military Hones Private Sector Partnerships in Tech, Medical Arenas

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Adm. James Winnefeld Jr.

Navy Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has described what he sees as benefits that come from the U.S. military’s partnerships with the private sector, DoD News reported Monday.

Nick Simeone writes that Winnefeld overviewed how the military seeks to respond to global crises, sustain its technological industrial base and assist in delivering medical services to soldiers with the help of private organizations.

“We in the military encourage these partnerships, because they lead to innovation and creative thinking … and they allow both sides of the equation to share both risk and reward,” Winnefeld Jr. told the Concordia Summit in New York.

He said the military has more than 40,000 private sector partners worldwide that also support its programs for warfighters and veterans.

“The rewards we in the military find range from new technologies that enhance our ability to defend the nation to better ways to help populations in need, to taking better care of our own people,” Winnefeld added.

He said medical and technological advances have played a “vital” role to further prosthetics traumatic brain injury treatments for wounded soldiers.

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