Secretary of Defense seeks stronger ties to academics and private industry, touts Boeing’s work

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense

During a three-day event in St. Louis, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter called on continued help from companies such as Boeing to mold the military into a more technologically savvy force that can better adapt to modern warfare.

Carter, a physicist, was in St. Louis to kick off the event titled “Wait. What? A Future Technology Forum,” hosted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

His speech addressed an auditorium full of engineers, scientists, business leaders and military personnel. Carter acknowledged the need for more “rapid seed funding” offered through DARPA for “better speed and agility” in creating the “force of the future.” He also said he suspected bio sciences will be the most consequential future threat, not information technology.

During his trip, Carter also toured Boeing’s north St. Louis County facilities for the first time as U.S. Secretary of Defense. Carter applauded the aerospace company’s innovation and employees’ contributions to national security.

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