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In the current era of rapid technological change, effective innovation will be a key factor determining whether the national security institutions benefit or suffer from these trends. The Technology and National Security program develops practical ideas to help leaders in government and industry maintain U.S. technological advantages.

For example, the program’s National Security Startups podcast series explored the potential of national security startups for entrepreneurs, investors, the defense industry, and the Department of Defense and highlighted ways all stakeholders can benefit from these opportunities. The inaugural podcast featured Raj Shah, managing partner at Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), who explained why the DoD is focused on partnering with startups, challenges for collaboration, and how the DIUx will achieve its mission. Follow-on episodes included discussions with startup executives who shared their experience collaborating with the DoD.

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