During this interview, we discuss with Ben Riley of Georgia Tech some of the ways that the Department of Defense engages with the research community. Additionally, we discuss risk appetite and the necessity for having an innovation mindset.
Interested listeners can check out Monitor: The Story of the Legendary Civil War Ironclad and the Man Whose Invention Changed the Course of History by James Dekay. Ben relates the story of the USS Monitor to today’s innovation needs.
Since 2015, Mr. Ben Riley has been a principal research associate at the Georgia Institute of Technology (or Georgia Tech). Prior to joining Georgia Tech, Ben held senior leadership positions in the Department of Defense including the Office for Defense Research and Engineering, the Rapid Reaction Technology Office, and the Task Force for Combating Terrorism Technology. Mr. Riley also served in the United States Navy for over 30 years.
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