Michael Griffin: DoD Labs Must Work, Collaborate to Support Warfighters

Michael Griffin, undersecretary of defense for research and engineering and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, highlighted the mission of the Department of Defense's organic laboratories during DoD Lab Day. He said that laboratory engineers must work with a balance between speed, diligence and quality to boost the military's lethality and protection, DoD said Thursday.

These organic laboratories work on emerging weapons, medicine and other technologies that haven't been commercialized in the private sector. Griffin emphasizes the importance of the speed and direction in laboratory work and noted that the U.S. must be technologically ahead of adversaries. The former NASA administrator also discussed the significance of multi-branch collaboration across the department. 

Maj. Gen. William Cooley, who commands Air Force Research Laboratory, said that they work with other defense laboratories, other government agencies, industry and academia, as a follow up to Griffin's statement. DoD Lab Day is a congress-recognized science and technology event that takes place every two years.

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