The battle for innovation has begun.
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Join Defense Secretary Ash Carter and some of the brightest minds in military and consumer technology to discuss the future of innovation and national security at the first-ever Defense One Tech Summit.
Something new is in the air. A mix of excitement and apprehension has emerged from the Defense Department’s deliberate outreach to Silicon Valley and the tech world. Stakeholders from Washington to Palo Alto are abuzz about a new era in public-private partnership. It all comes as global terrorism reaches European cities and American shores, and as Western governments navigate a re-emergence of superpower geopolitics. Carter has put the call out — for patriotism, good governance, and national security: the Pentagon wants you.
But the conversation is far deeper than hoodied hackers and high-and-tight commanders exchanging wary glances. The longtime partnership between defense and tech is entering a new era. After World War II, the U.S. government, led by the military, contributed two-thirds of every dollar that went to science and technology research, the private sector just one-third. Those numbers have flipped.
Every day, tech industry giants and charismatic entrepreneurs seize territory that used to be the sole domain of the government, from robotics and autonomy to cloud computing and space conquest. The military has taken notice, outsourcing more and more innovation to private-sector players.
Now is the time to take stock, exchange ideas, and see what comes next. Now is the time for the Defense One Tech Summit.