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Maj. Gen. John Wharton: Army Hosts Summit to Promote Innovation

InnovationLightBulbThe U.S. Army hosted a second summit at Aberdeen Proving Ground last month in an effort to promote innovation.

Representatives from the Army Training and Doctrine Command and Army Materiel Command and technology, military and civilian leaders, scientists and engineers gathered at the two-day summit held April 5 to 6, the Army said Wednesday.

“Our goal is to foster innovation,” said Maj. Gen. John Wharton, event host and commanding general of the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command.

“The Army Operating Concept defines innovation as the result of critical and creative thinking and the conversion of new ideas into valued outcomes,” he added.

Paul Jaffe of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory also gave a speech on the U.S. Navy‘s current projects, including a concept called Space Solar that works to capture solar energy in space to be transferred through microwaves onto infrastructure on Earth.

He noted that this Navy concept looks to address issues regarding fossil supply used for energy.

Army officials added that the next summit is projected to commence on August when the organizers look to expand collaboration with partners in industry and academia.

The service branch holds the innovation summit every quarter as part of its Innovation Campaign, Wharton said.

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