Industry Breaths New Life Into Technology Through Innovation

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WASHINGTON — Defense contractors at the Association of the US Army’s annual conference last week showed how they are breathing new life into already proven and fielded technology.

“Innovation” was a buzzword at the show, which is not surprising considering Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ramped up a push to seek outside input to boost innovations in defense. He’s launched a number of initiatives to tie the department closer with Silicon Valley and other research centers.

The Army itself is striving to “win in a complex world” — the title of its now year-old operating concept,  a key tenet of  which is to establish core competency in innovation.

The showroom floor was dotted with examples of  new technologies from industry tailored to deal with emerging threats, showing innovation is not just Silicon Valley’s game.

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