Think of Google (actually, now Alphabet) and the tentacles the company has in several areas. Now at Apple, with its more than $ 200 billion in cash and an investment in research and development to envy any government.
Wouldn't it be easier, at least for the American government, to approach companies and institutions like these to develop their own technologies, taking advantage of what is best around there? Because exactly what the Pentagon far from now.
According to the Reuters, the Pentagon is teaming up with Apple, Boeing, Harvard, Akron Polymer Systems, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and 157 other companies / institutions to develop flexible military technologies that can be used both by people and on jet jets.
I've been pushing the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box (referring to the organ building) and investing in innovation here in Silicon Valley and in technology communities across the country. Now we are taking it one step further.
Ashton Carter, US Secretary of Defense.
Also according to the matter, the idea is to use state-of-the-art technologies to create elastic electronics with built-in sensors in order to be used by soldiers, on ships or in warplanes for real-time monitoring of physical / structural integrity.
US $ 171 million will be invested in the project and the US federal government will disburse US $ 75 million in five years; partner companies, such as Apple, will invest another $ 90 million (all of which will be managed by the U.S. Outreach Research Lab); local governments will invest US $ 6 million.
O Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Hub it will be installed in San Jose and will be the seventh of the nine institutes planned by the Barack Obama administration to help revitalize sectors of the American industry several of them linked to the Department of Defense.
(via Cult of Mac)