Pentagon Wants Ideas from Firms With Little or No History of Working with the Military

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intelligence-community-science-technology-opportunities-for-small-business-engagement-13-638                                                             http://www.defenseinnovationmarketplace.mil

“NEW YORK TIMES”

“A small group of high-ranking Pentagon officials made a quiet visit to Silicon Valley in December to solicit national security ideas from start-up firms with little or no history of working with the military.

In an unusual request for outside ideas, the Pentagon also opened for public comment a long-range research and development plan in December.

“They’ve realized that the old model wasn’t working anymore,” said James Lewis, director of the Strategic Technologies Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “They’re really worried about America’s capacity to innovate.”

There is a precedent for the initiative. Startled by the Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite in 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower created the Advanced Research Projects Agency, or ARPA, at the Pentagon to ensure that the United States would not be blindsided by technological advances.

Now, the Pentagon has decided that the…

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