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Barriers and New Pathways: Exchange with the U.S. Air Force : April 22, 2016

MassTLC non-defense companies were invited by the
MA Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force to join discussions at a
U.S. Air Force Innovation Forum on April 22nd at the Boston location
of the Cambridge Innovation Center.
The Air Force is initiating a series of forums to
engage with non-traditional innovative tech companies and to understand how
they can work to incorporate this innovation into their “business plan” in the
future.  The launch of this series took place in Boston last week and
attending were Governor Baker and the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force.  Secretary James chose Massachusetts for the
initial session as a jumping off point for a series of regional forums the Air
Force is holding across the country – all aimed at accessing America’s
intellectual capital.
A variety of non-traditional defense companies
attended the forum and participated breakout sessions discussing strategies and
potential paths forward.
The Air Force in Massachusetts employees tens of
thousands of people and adds billions of dollars annually to the Massachusetts
economy.  At this forum the Air Force discussed key efforts currently
underway to access technologies from non-Defense companies, and they listened
to our industry partner’s ideas, interests, and experiences.
A new Commonwealth partnership to help companies match their products
and services to federal agency needs and programs, and to educate companies on
quicker and simpler pathways to doing business with federal agencies was also

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James with
Sampriti Bhattacharyya, Founder of Hydroswarm Inc. (underwater drone

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