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AFRL R&D Strategy Leverages Innovation and Partnerships

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January 20, 2016 | Source: Derek Kaufman, AFRL

1/4/2016 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The stakes are high for Department of Defense leaders seeking to equip the U.S. military force of the future.

In addition to the ever-present and evolving dangers presented by global terrorism, defense planners face proliferating and increasingly sophisticated cyber threats by nation-states, organized crime and other actors.

As Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work told attendees of the Reagan National Defense Forum in November, the Department will meet these demands by incorporating new operational and organizational constructs, relying heavily on innovation, teaming and collaboration between industry, academia and the defense laboratories.

The October standup of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in California's Silicon Valley is one endeavor to establish new information technology sector connections to harness innovation for the military.