MEMBERS ONLY – Discussion w/Dr. Jason Rathje
March 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST
March 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST
Dr. Rathje will discuss how OSC intends to bridge the so-called “valley of death” that has long plagued the Pentagon’s ability to adopt new technology and keep pace with innovation. Established in December 2022, OSC will develop and execute strategies to increase private capital flow to companies developing critical technologies important to national security — things like artificial intelligence, biotech and quantum computing — and will work in partnership with other agencies across the federal government to accomplish that mission.
“We are in a global competition for leadership in critical technologies, and the Office of Strategic Capital will help us win that competition and build enduring national security advantages,” said Secretary Austin. “By working with the private capital markets and by partnering with our federal colleagues, OSC will address investment gaps and add a new tool to the Department’s investment toolbox.” The formation came after years of growing concern in the national security community about the wide availability of adversarial capital and the corresponding lack of trusted capital in critical technology sectors. The Defense Department has struggled to transition technology from the commercial sector to military users. Organizations like the Defense Innovation Unit and the Air Force’s AFWERX help create partnerships between these companies and the Pentagon, but OSC’s focus is on directing seed funding to increase investment in deep technology areas steeped in science and engineering advances.
MEMBERS ONLY EVENT – Contact Jennifer Giglio for information.
Lunch w/General Gary M. Brito
BENS Discussion with General Gary M. Brito, Commanding General, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command. For attendance and registration information, please contact Natalie Callone at NCallone@bens.org.
Breakfast w/Major General Richard Neely
BENS Chicago members will host Major General Rich Neely, Adjutant General of the State of Illinois for a plated breakfast. The discussion objective is an update on the Russia-Ukraine war, and ILANG recruitment numbers. For attendance and registration information, please contact Natalie Callone at NCallone@bens.org.
Luncheon Discussion w/Major Gen. John Olson, USAF
Please join BENS for a luncheon conversation on the U.S. Space Force, data, and artificial intelligence with Major Gen. John Olson, the Mobilization Assistant to the Chief of Space Operations on Friday, April 14th. We will discuss how data and AI are shaping the current and future battlespace as well as strategic competition with China and Russia. Major Gen. Olson supports the Chief of Space Operations’ responsibility to organize, train, and equip space forces; develop and acquire military space systems;…