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Navy Stands Up New Tech Collaboration Facility in Charleston; James Geurts Quoted

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James Geurts
James Geurts

The Naval Agility Office has established the latest of six centers that house and support collaborative projects on the U.S. Navy’s technology challenges.

The new, Charleston, S.C.-based facility, known as Palmetto Tech Bridge, will engage in collaboration with private businesses, nonprofits and academic institutions to address technology challenges faced by the Navy and industry, the service branch said Monday.

“Tech Bridges are designed to capture the culture of innovation in key locations across our nation,” said James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition.

The Office of Naval Research and the service branch’s systems commands worked together to establish the tech bridges and in turn aim to sustain collaborative ecosystems, he noted.

Naval Information Warfare Center holds the task to coordinate and lead activities of Palmetto Tech Bridge.

“Drawing on the talents from across industry, NIWC Atlantic will focus and facilitate this considerable innovative force on developing dual-use solutions to meet both national defense needs and enhance the region’s economic strength with innovative commercial products,” said Michael Merriken, director of Palmetto Tech Bridge.