CAMBRIDGE, MA — Today, AP is reporting Defense Secretary Ash Carter is launching the military’s latest effort at improving its technological capabilities in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Carter will formally open the second office of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx, near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this afternoon. The first office is in Mountain View, California, near the tech center of Silicon Valley.
The U.S. Department of Defense relies on innovation to maintain our nation’s ability to deter, and if need be, prevail in conflict. With outposts in the heart of Silicon Valley and now Boston, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) serves as a bridge between those in the U.S. military executing on some of our nation’s toughest security challenges and companies operating at the cutting edge of technology.
Above, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental employees in Mountain View, Calif., May 11, 2016, before delivering remarks about the future of the Defense Department’s innovation.
DoD photos by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
As their name implies, DIUx is just that: an “experiment.” They continuously iterate on how best to identify, contract, and prototype novel innovations through sources traditionally not available to the Department of Defense, with the ultimate goal of accelerating this technology into the hands of the men and women in uniform.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—The Department of Defense (DoD) is often viewed by companies as a challenging customer. However, the DoD can provide value to small businesses by providing funding for technology maturation, introducing their technology to potential DoD customers and testing technology in real world applications. With a DoD partnership, this can all happen without diluting the equity of existing founders and investors.
To better understand the resources available to you and introduce key local California contacts, join DIUx, the DoD’s Office of Small Business Programs, and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office/Silicon Valley on February 18, 2016 from 4pm-6pm for a Small Business Townhall, followed by a networking session and an opportunity to meet with Small Business experts. This session will be interactive, with opportunities for conversation with key personnel from the Department who want to identify technology that can potentially benefit the nation’s security.
Small Business Townhall topics include:
The resources and opportunities for a small business to work with the DoD
A Translation of the Contracting Alphabet: From Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) to Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs), the Department is leveraging new contracting options to work with you
Current opportunities and technology areas of interest to DoD
Intellectual Property: Mythbusting
Local government resources in the area (Defense Innovation Unit Experimental; USPTO; Service SBIR offices)