U.S. Secretary of DefenseJames Mattis is gathering his tech tour of the West Coast today with a tour to Googles Mountain View campus.Mattis spent go at Amazon and DiuX, the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental , earlier in the week. His key takeaway from all the socializing with tech commanders is that the Department of Defense needs to embrace technology coming out of the private sector if it hopes to stay ahead of the technological curve.
In a briefing beforeMattis media address at DiuX, Sean Singleton, director of business development for the human rights unit, has pointed out that commercial R& D is outpacing federal R& D at a rate of roughly three to one. And fellowships like Amazon and Alphabet expend more on R& D than traditional armed contractors likeLockheed Martin andRaytheon.
To stop the military from falling behind the times, the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental works with startups toaccelerate business invention for national defense. DiuX providesnon-dilutive uppercase to firms willing to work with the government to solve specific problems. The groups work is similar toIn-Q-Tel, a VC firm that draws the CIA closer together with tech companies.
The unit is focused onautonomy, AI, human organizations/ life science, information technology/ cyber and gap. But of those five investment neighbourhoods, AI remains a key enabling engineering for all of them. And SecretaryMattis was the first to admit that he realise many of the greatest a progress in AI happening in the private sector.
The bottom line is the authorities concerned will was better at integrating the progress achieved by AI that are being taken here in the Valley into the U.S. armed, SecretaryMattis told reporters at the DiuX briefing.
Underscoring this part, Singleton told the story of DiuX managing director Raj Shah going into the desert with Eric Schmidt, executive chair of Alphabet. The two discovered archaic processes for meaning out tanker roads for airplanes withSchmidt insisting that their own problems was fixable with technology, it merely needed attention.
To date, DiuX has invested in Quid, Saildrone, Orbital Insight, Shield AIand more. These firms dont only produce products and services for the U.S. Government, but they promise to dedicate resources to address public sector priority problems.
For example, Shield AI dronings can check a house in a military framework to relate menaces. The drones and accompanying software also can serve the private sector, monitoring oil and gas subjects and surveying construction sites.
DiuX currently has four offices across the United States, in Cambridge, Mass ., Mountain View, Calif ., Washington , D.C ., and Austin. The 48 -person team is expected to grow to 75 by the end of 2018, assumingSecretaryMattis is genuine about his commitment to build bridges between the military and private sector organizations tech companies.