The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory established a partnership with a network of developers, startups and investors to boost the Navy’s access to the tech market for future naval capabilities. NRL said Wednesday that it will help Navy researchers understand the culture, mindset and tools being used by tech startups to develop their products.
Amanda Horansky McKinney, head of NRL’s Technology Transfer Office, said the partnership also gives the service branch the opportunity to engage with innovators and investors in the private sector. She added it will provide “a new perspective of the innovation ecosystem and more opportunities for collaborative research and other partnerships.”
For the members of 1776, working with the Navy could increase revenue and establish other partnerships across the industry.
“We are hopeful that this partnership will accelerate the transfer of knowledge into solutions and profit at much higher rates,” said 1776 CEO Jennifer Maher.