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In race with China, SOCOM must leverage private equity, say experts and VCs

Addressing USSOCOM’s commander, Gen. Bryan Fenton, and delegates at the inaugural SOF Week conference in Tampa, Fla., last week, the panel described how the commercial market and small-medium enterprises (SMEs) continue to drive hi-tech development in defense, particularly in the areas of artificial intelligence, cyber and autonomy — all tech special operations forces needs to stay on the cutting edge.

“VCs are critical to this,” Joseph Felter, director of the Gordian Knot Center for National Security Innovation at Stanford University urged before suggesting commercial investment in US defense was “incomparable” to that of China.


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