News By David Vergun , DOD News Defense.gov Leaders from the Defense Department’s Defense Innovation Unit and the Air Force spoke today about DIU and AFWERX collaborative projects.
AFWERX is a program for entrepreneurs within the Air Force intended to circumvent bureaucracy and engage innovation. DIU Director Michael Brown took part in an AFWERX panel with Air Force Secretary Barbara M. Barrett, and Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics. AFWERX is the Air Force’s team of innovators who encourage and facilitate connections across industry, academia and military to create a culture of innovation and solve problems. The Defense Innovation Unit’s mission is to accelerate the adoption of commercial technology throughout the DOD. “AFWERX over the past three years has grown from a visionary startup to an innovative ecosystem, connecting ideas with solutions and empowering air and space professionals to think beyond today’s reality,” said Barrett. “Innovation is embedded in our culture, and in our DNA, and innovation is a force multiplier for partnerships fueled by small business industry, interagency partners and aerospace professionals,” she added. Barrett provided some examples of what AFWERX has been working on: creating new landing gear, using a […]
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