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Pentagon Looks to Silicon Valley for Innovations

“A small group of high-ranking Pentagon officials made a quiet visit to Silicon Valley in December to solicit national security ideas from start-up firms with little or no history of working with the military,” the New York Times reports.  

“The visit was made as part of an effort to find new ways to maintain a military advantage in an increasingly uncertain world.”  

“In announcing its Defense Innovation Initiative in a speech in California in November, Chuck Hagel, then the defense secretary, mentioned examples of technologies like robotics, unmanned systems, miniaturization and 3-D printing as places to look for “game changing” technologies that would maintain military superiority.”