Ashton Carter: DoD’s Partnership With Commercial Tech Groups Key to US Military Readiness

Ashton Carter
Ashton Carter

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said the Defense Department’s partnership with innovation and commercial technology communities helps the U.S. military to be agile and ready for future threats, DoD News reported Monday.

Terri Moon Cronk writes Carter made the remarks Monday at the Atlantic Exchange forum hosted by The Atlantic magazine and innovation company 1176 in Washington.

“Even as it is competitive in the commercial world, it is competitive in the security world, and if we relax our guard and we just assume it’s a birthright to be the best, that gap is going to close,” Carter said at the event.

He told forum attendees that innovators and DoD collaborate on various projects through the Defense Digital System, such as efforts to safeguard the department’s nuclear command-and-control platform from cyber threats.

Carter also cited that DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental initiative works to help start-ups work with the Pentagon to help the U.S. military maintain its technological edge as well as address national security issues, the report said.

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