Collaboration between government agencies and industry drives innovation. Industry is helping agencies apply solutions efficiently and effectively so that they’re mission ready to tackle the most complex issues in the government sector.
“It’s really important, for the government, [to express] what our needs are because industry often has a solution and we just don’t know it’s there,” explained Dr. Ronald Hann, Jr. director, Chemical and Biological Technologies Department for the Defense Threat Reaction Agency (DTRA) during the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in the Digital Age conference. “Part of what’s important for us to do is go out and communicate the problem we’re having, how we envision the solution, and see if some of those capabilities are already out there and if they are, try and bring that in.”
At the conference, WMD experts, including those from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Noblis, discussed the use of data and new technologies to monitor potential warning signs as well as protect against and counter threats caused by WMD. By the conference closing, attendees left with a better understanding of the challenges faced by government agencies and the available solutions that can help these agencies stay ahead in the oversight and administration of keeping our citizens safe.
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