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How will the future be delivered? What platforms will create the greatest value? At TEDxDAU 2021, thousands from across the Defense Acquisition Workforce came together to hear about current powerful, burning, and rising platforms in the DoD acquisition space. See highlights from the event below.


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TEDxDAU 2021: Platforms of the Future

How will the future be delivered? What platforms will create the greatest value?

Will the future be driven by traditional military equipment like tanks, planes, and ships? Or will the future be powered by ideas and actions from people who think and perform outside the box?

What about the ability for expansive, diverse, and resilient networks to aid intelligence, data management, decision making, and command and control? Or the rise of artificial intelligence and the greater autonomy this offers? Perhaps it’s more esoteric, involving a significant change to how we train, operate, or manage the acquisition process, or our workforce.

2021’s TEDxDAU event spotlighted speakers from within the core, living on the edge, and others from well outside the traditional acquisition arenas who can quantify DoD’s biggest acquisition challenges while offering the best ideas to positively impact our shared future. These ideas highlight existing platforms or ecosystems, advocate for cutting edge capabilities, or share best practices.

2021’s TEDxDAU was designed to inspire, engage, and empower the workforce to share ideas and best practices needed to accelerate innovation and culture change across the federal government, DoD, industry, and academia.

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yolanda clarke

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