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How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Get Discovered by the Department of Defense

Kris Osborn sits down for an exclusive interview with David Bonffili - CEO, ACME General Corp and Jennifer Shieh, Director of Ecosystem, Office of Investment and Innovation, US Small Business Administration

By Kris Osborn, President, Center for Military Modernization

Partial transcript below:

Kris Osborn: Hello, and welcome and very exciting day today, it's always a great time to talk about military innovation couldn't be a more important topic these days. 

We are here at the Capitol Factory. There's this conference called Fed Supernova and I'm joined by two, I would say gifted, brilliant experts in the area of small business and innovation when it comes to military technology. 

They need little introduction, but let me welcome our two guests, let's welcome David Bonffili, he is the CEO of ACME General, which is a consultancy a boutique kind of innovation oriented firm. 

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And we are joined by another Rockstar scientist, Jennifer Shieh, and she is the Director of Ecosystem, Office of Investment and Innovation, US Small Business Administration, many of you are likely familiar with the SBA does a lot of cutting edge really important work. So let's welcome two of our amazing experts. Thank you.  

Let me begin with sort of one of the basic premises we often hear when it comes to Defense Innovation. How do innovators or entrepreneurs who might come across or discover a disruptive as it's called technology of great value to either the operational community or the acquisition community? How do they get on DoD radar? How do they get to the space where they can say, hey, here's a solution to one of your requirements or challenges?

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Be sure to watch the interview for full details. 

Kris Osborn is the President of Warrior Maven - Center for Military Modernization and the Defense Editor for the National Interest. Osborn previously served at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army—Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. Osborn has also worked as an anchor and on-air military specialist at national TV networks. He has appeared as a guest military expert on Fox News, MSNBC, The Military Channel, and The History Channel. He also has a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

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