Army Extending Industry, Academic Collaboration for Warfare Tech

Jeff Brody

Patrick O’Neill, director of the U.S. Army’s command, control, computers, communications, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance center, said the service has “embraced academia and industry” when it comes to modern warfare initiatives, C4ISRNET reported Thursday.

The Army is expanding its industry and academic partnerships by promoting dialogue with nontraditional companies and establishing military programs within institutions, O’Neill told audiences at the C4ISRNET Conference in Arlington, Va. Recently, the service established an artificial intelligence task force within Carnegie Mellon University.

“For every dollar in our budget, 60 cents goes to industry and 40 cents stays in-house,” he noted.

Ken Rice, deputy director for research at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, added that startups need to understand military demands and how required technologies are supposed to work in an operating environment. He added that the government is "tapping a very small potential of the data” collated through modernized software and sensor systems.

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