Tech startups are in great abundance in the United States. These startups help us solve many of our problems thanks to young and bright minds that have been immersed in technology. The White House is also looking to hire private startups in order to help its military solve certain problems
The US Military tries to keep itself up to date on every aspect of weapons technology. Right now, it is looking to update its old and cryptic computer system with the help of younger tech startup companies.
The Obama Administration had started multiple programs to get tech start-ups involved with the military. The Trump Administration appears to be continuing this policy by employing startups to handle some new projects.
The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental has been an ongoing project for the past two years. It is expected that the Republican administration will expand the powers and funding to this project to improve military technology. The project is now allowed to hire more staff member and bid on more contracts. The project currently has a main office in Mountain View, California, which is a tech hub that even is home to Google.
Some members of Congress are still not convinced that the DIUx project is necessary to expand the military’s technological capabilities. Rep. Mac Thornberry from Texas is one person against the project. Some also want to compare it to the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency that started during the cold war.
With just its California office alone, the project had granted over $100 million to 45 projects. Private investors actually have the biggest stake in the start-up projects. Over $2 billion has been pumped into these startups from venture capital groups.
What is unusual in this project is that most of the funding has been going towards smaller start-up projects. Typically, the military is known to the only team up with corporate giants to supply products or services. Another unusual aspect is that contracts are negotiated rather quickly instead of taking years to reach an agreement.
Tanium, which manages information technology and cyber security operations, is one of the main companies receiving funding. The project also contracted with Composite Engineering to develop faster and smarter drones. Improbable, which normally develops online games, has been hired to create simulation programs for the military. Pivotal Labs is also being donated a modest amount to research solutions to make jet refueling even more efficient.