October 14, 2014

Boeing executive: Industry should work with commercial innovators

The aerospace and defense industry should look to innovators in the commercial space for inspiration and collaboration, Chris Chadwick, the president and chief executive of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, said today.

"Embracing opportunities to work closer with commercial companies will also help us to become better innovators. Both [Amazon's] Jeff Bezos and [SpaceX's] Elon Musk are driving disruptive innovation that is making a significant impact and changing behavior of competitors within this design space," he said at a Center for a New American Security panel in Washington.

Those commercial business leaders are coming up with new technologies that have defense implications, Chadwick added, and should be embraced rather than seen strictly as competitors.

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