Defense Business Brief: Hicks gives some insight into new Innovation Steering Group; The challenge in hiring shipbuilders; Outreach to small biotech firms and more.

Pentagon leaders are using a new Innovation Steering Group to take stock of many fragmented military efforts to bring new, cutting edge technology to the battlefield.

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks discussed some of her efforts to make sure more military leaders know what’s happening in small innovation teams, like the Air Force Artificial Intelligence Accelerator, at MIT.

“Where we need to go next really is … knitting that all together so that we have an ecosystem in the department that doesn’t crush that ability to have innovation in small teams,” she said during a brief chat in Boston this week. “We want teams like that out and about, but we do need to have feedback loops; we do need to understand what those teams are doing to share lessons learned and to spread the innovation more broadly.”

The first task for the aforementioned Innovation Steering Group (which is overseen by the undersecretary for research and engineering) is…

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