Recap of the RCCTO Innovation Days, 11-12 February 2020 in Austin, TX

Last week, the Army Applications Laboratory hosted Innovation Days for the Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) at Capital Factory in Austin. This was the second such event for RCCTO; the first was held in Mclean, VA in September 2019. I had the privilege of being around the event last week and sitting through…

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How to navigate SXSW20 for Defense

Navigating SXSW can be a real chore, and navigating their website isn’t much easier! Jack Ryan from the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum and TDIF President Kevin Landtroop discuss the three SXSW Government and Defense focus areas you’ll be interested in. Password SXSW2020 Access the recorded webinar here!

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Grand Opening of the Center for Defense Innovation at Capital Factory

TDIF Founders attended the Center for Defense Innovation VIP Grand Opening at Capital Factory on Thursday February 21 in Austin, TX. Hosted by Josh Baer (CEO, Capital Factory), remarks were given by Gen. John “Mike” Murray, Commanding General of Army Futures Command; Senator John Cornyn, United States Senator from Texas; and Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Speaker…

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FUTURES COMMAND IS ABOUT PROCESS, NOT PRODUCTS

I remember the first time I understood how different the future of warfare would be. I was at the National Training Center in 2014, where I worked in Operations Group as a brigade staff trainer, listening to (now retired) GEN David Perkins outline the new Army Operating Concept. The Army, GEN Perkins argued, had to shift…

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WHAT IS ARMY APPLICATIONS LAB?

One of the novel (and therefore least understood) organizations formed under the recently activated Army Futures Command is the Army Applications Lab (AAL).  For this inaugural series of posts in the TDIF blog, I thought it fitting to discuss this startup-within-a-startup, representing a unique intersection of Army and Austin “AAL is the Army’s proponent for disruptive technology,”…

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