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DIU’s Michael Brown: US Needs to Bolster Technological Commitment Amid China Competition

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Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), said the U.S. needs to accelerate technological development to maintain an advantage against China and other competing countries, DOD News reported Friday.

He said at the 2021 Aspen Security Forum that this goal calls for the U.S. to strengthen its commitment to increasing talent in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“We need that kind of resurgence of excitement about what we can do in science and technology, and how that’s going to enable economic prosperity for the next 20, 30 or 40 years,” Brown said.

The U.S. needs to keep up with China as the Asian country develops industrial standards for the next two decades, he noted.

Brown is scheduled to keynote the Potomac Officers Club’s 8th Annual Defense and Research Summit on Jan. 19, 2022. Sign up for this event to hear from government and industry leaders as they share insights on the Department of Defense’s innovation priorities and technology modernization efforts to stay ahead of the curve in the evolving defense sector.