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Pentagon Launches Innovation Pathways Website; Kathleen Hicks Quoted

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The Department of Defense has unveiled a new website that would enable DOD to bring in new technologies and other novel concepts from industry and universities.

The Innovation Pathways website is one part of our on-going efforts to make it easier for those across the innovation ecosystem, including small businesses, new entrants to the defense markets, universities, and traditional defense suppliers, to find ways to collaborate with the DoD and each other,” Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks said in a statement published Friday. 

“For the first time, the Department has a website that puts the range of these different opportunities across the Department in one place,” added Hicks, a 2022 Wash100 Award winner.

The online platform features several pathways, including a section for companies looking for business opportunities within the Pentagon and experimentation and prototyping opportunities.

The Innovation Steering Group played a role in the establishment of the new website, which also offers pathways for warfighters and civilians and students and faculty members.

DOD intends to periodically update the website in response to technological advances and user requirements.