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Accelerate Defense

Accelerate Defense is a podcast from ACME General Corp, dedicated to ensuring that the United States maintains its innovation advantage over any military adversary. ACME team members interview political figures, military professionals, and other thought leaders about how innovation shapes our national security landscape.

Tracks

Investing in Veterans w/ Craig Cummings
Craig Cummings, co-founder of Moonshots Capital, joins ACME General Corp to talk about investing in tech start-ups founded by military veteran entrepreneurs. In addition to his work at Moonshots Capital, Craig is the Director of Military and Veteran Affairs for Capital Factory, Austin’s center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas. Previously, Craig spent 17 years in the Army, most of that time as an Intelligence Officer serving in support of the National Security Agency.
37:55 3/19/24
Air Force Futures w/ Lt. Gen. Clint Hinote
Lt. Gen. Clint Hinote, former Deputy Chief of Staff for Air Force Futures, joins ACME General Corp to talk about representing the voice of tomorrow’s Airmen. He most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategy, Integration, and Requirements at Air Force Futures, where he focused on integrated future force design and speaking on behalf of tomorrow’s Airmen in developing Air Force strategy.  Lt. Gen. Hinote was also previously Deputy Executive Director of the Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability and Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. He is now a Principal at Pallas Advisors, working to push “emerging technology solutions into the right hands within the national security ecosystem.”
44:38 2/20/24
Disruptive Change w/ Joseph Kopser
Joseph Kopser, technology entrepreneur and president of consulting firm Grayline Group, joins ACME General Corp. to talk about disruptive change, technology innovation, and the national security implications of adapting to that innovation. Joseph is a US Army combat veteran with 20 years of service who went on to co-found a company that later sold to Mercedes. He has run for Congress, served as an Executive-in-Residence at UT-Austin’s McCombs School of Business, and authored the book Catalyst. Joseph is now a public speaker, technology entrepreneur, expert in transportation, and president of Grayline Group, where he helps companies and institutions manage disruptive change.
28:21 1/23/24
National and Information Security w/ Sue Gordon
Sue Gordon, former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, joins ACME General Corp. to talk about national security, cybersecurity threats, and what intelligence information holds the most value. Sue served as Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence and Deputy Director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency after having spent more than two decades at the CIA. She is currently an advisor to a number of organizations in the national defense and security space, including CACI International, with a special focus on information security.
34:38 8/15/23
NavalX and Innovation Research w/ Captain Ben Van Buskirk
Capt. Ben Van Buskirk, former director of NavalX, joins ACME General Corp. to talk about bringing an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit to naval technology research. Before leading NavalX, Capt. Van Buskirk helped establish the Strategic Warfighting Innovation Cell within the Navy’s Warfighting Development Directorate. Find him on Twitter at @BenVB3 and find NavalX at @USNavalX. Learn more about NavalX here.
35:22 7/18/23
Army Applications for Innovative Tech w/ Jay Wisham
Jay Wisham, outgoing executive director of the Army Applications Lab, joins ACME General Corp. to talk about using the best commercial technology and talent to transform innovative tech into Army-ready solutions. Prior to joining AAL, Jay was a Senior Army Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, a Lead for Artificial Intelligence Applications for Army Futures Command's Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team, and Program Director for Project Convergence. Find him on Twitter at @jaywisham and find the Army Applications Lab at @aal_innovation. Learn more about the AAL at aal.army.
56:08 5/23/23
The Potential of Capital Markets w/ Frank Finelli & Sam Cole
Frank Finelli, managing director at the Carlyle Group, and Sam Cole, principal and co-founder of Stonecutter Ventures, both join ACME General Corp. to talk about the potential of capital markets to drive defense innovation. Frank Finelli focuses on investments in the defense and aerospace sector at the Carlyle Group. Learn more here and find the Carlyle Group on Twitter at @OneCarlyle. Learn about Sam’s work at Stonecutter Ventures here. Both Frank and Sam are involved with Business Executives for National Security. Find them on Twitter at @BENS_org.
33:18 4/4/23
Canada's Competitive Advantages w/ Chris Albinson
Chris Albinson, CEO and president of Communitech, joins ACME General Corp. to talk about defense innovation in Canada and why Toronto might soon be the new Silicon Valley. Communitech helps tech companies in Canada start and scale, supporting founders with talent, capital, markets, and community. Before his role at Communitech, Chris was one of the first to invest in startups like Pinterest and DocuSign. Learn more about Communitech at communitech.ca and on Twitter at @Communitech. Find Chris on Twitter at @chrisalbinson.
32:55 3/7/23
Reviewing Innovation in the US Navy w/ Mike Brasseur, Logan Jones, and Bilal Zuberi
ACME General Corp. revisits the past three Accelerate Defense interviews, all focused on the role of innovation in addressing strategic challenges faced by the US Navy. Captain Michael Brasseur (@brasseur_mdb) is the co-founder and current Commodore of Task Force 59. Logan Jones is the general manager and president of SparkCognition Government Systems. Bilal Zuberi (@bznotes) is a general partner at Lux Capital.
34:12 10/18/22
Investing in Innovative Technologies w/ Bilal Zuberi
Bilal Zuberi, general partner at Lux Capital, joins ACME General Corp. to talk about investing in innovative technologies across industries to address some of the world’s most complicated problems.  Bilal has led Lux’s investments in companies like Saildrone, Evolv, Applied Intuition, Ironclad, and more. He also cofounded GEO2 Technologies and serves on the Advisory Board of the Lemelson Foundation. Learn more about Lux Capital at luxcapital.com and on Twitter at @Lux_Capital. Find Bilal on Twitter at @bznotes.
44:06 9/20/22
Artificial Intelligence, National Defense, and Ethics w/ Logan Jones
Logan Jones, general manager and president of SparkCognition Government Systems, joins ACME General Corp. to talk about ethics, dual use, and artificial intelligence in the public sector. Before leading SparkCognition Government Systems, Logan was Vice President and founding member of Boeing HorizonX, the largest aerospace venture fund and innovation group. He was recently nominated by FedScoop as one of the best bosses in federal IT. Learn more about SparkCognition Government Systems at www.sparkgov.ai and on Twitter at @sparkgov.
34:25 8/23/22
Unmanned Systems and Artificial Intelligence in the US Navy w/ Captain Michael Brasseur
Captain Michael Brasseur, co-founder and current Commodore of Task Force 59, joins ACME General Corp. to talk about integrating unmanned systems and artificial intelligence.  Before leading Task Force 59, Capt. Brasseur was the Director for Naval Armaments Cooperation at NATO and the first Director of NATO’s Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation & Coordination Cell (MUSIC2). Follow him on Twitter at @brasseur_mdb.
32:46 7/14/22
Artificial Intelligence, Defense, and the “SWAT Teams of Nerds” w/ Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch, CEO and co-founder of Rebellion Defense, joins host Ken Harbaugh to talk about his “SWAT team of nerds” and building AI tools for national defense. Before leading the team at Rebellion Defense, Chris was founding director at Defense Digital Service and launched programs like JEDI Cloud and Hack the Pentagon. Learn more about Chris and Rebellion Defense at rebelliondefense.com. Follow him on Twitter at @lynchseattle and find Rebellion at @RebellionDef.
41:55 6/14/22
Mission-Focused Artificial Intelligence w/ Nick Beim
Investor and Venrock partner Nick Beim joins ACME General Corp. to talk about Rebellion Defense and building mission-focused artificial intelligence products for the defense industry. Nick is a partner at Venrock and one of the lead investors in Rebellion Defense. Follow him on Twitter at @NickBeim and find Venrock at @Venrock and Rebellion at @RebellionDef. Learn more about Venrock at venrock.com/about-venrock and Rebellion Defense at rebelliondefense.com.
45:17 5/3/22
Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Defense w/ General Michael Groen
Lieutenant General Mike Groen joins ACME General Corp. to talk about leading the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center and the potential of AI to transform the Department of Defense. LtGen Groen is the commander of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), as well as a distinguished Marine Corps officer and veteran of multiple combat deployments. Learn more about the JAIC at ai.mil and find them on Twitter at @DoDJAIC.
45:18 3/15/22
National Security and the New Space Economy w/ Charles Bolden
Former NASA Administrator and retired Marine Corps Major General Charles Bolden Jr. joins hACME General Corp. to talk about his career, the growing commercial space industry, and how the new space economy intersects with national security concerns. Major General Bolden is also the founder and CEO Emeritus of The Charles F. Bolden Group, a consortium of leaders focused on science and security. Learn more about their work at bolden.group and find Charles on Twitter at @cboldenjr.
46:06 2/15/22
Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force with Rep. Elissa Slotkin
Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin joins ACME General Corp. to talk about the Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force and why supply chains are so critical to our national defense. Rep. Slotkin is the congresswoman from Michigan’s 8th district and, as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, she chaired the bi-partisan Defense Critical Supply Chain Task Force. She is also a former CIA analyst and was the acting assistant secretary of defense for International Security Affairs from 2015 to 2017. Learn more about Rep. Slotkin’s legislative priorities at slotkin.house.gov and find her on Twitter at @RepSlotkin.
29:31 9/7/21
R&D, Efficiency, and Optimism with Dr. Melissa Flagg
Dr. Melissa Flagg joins ACME General Corp. to talk about R&D in the United States and efficiency in the Department of Defense - plus, why she finds optimism in science and history. Dr. Flagg is a senior fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology and has served in a number of roles within the Department of Defense, most recently as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research. Find Melissa on Twitter at @flaggster73.
40:07 7/20/21
The Innovation Potential of Startups with Daeil Kim and Daniela Perdomo
In this episode about startup innovation, Daeil Kim from AI.Reverie and Daniela Perdomo from goTenna join ACME General Corp. for a conversation about partnering with the Department of Defense as a startup. Daeil Kim is the founder and CEO of AI.Reverie, a simulation platform that trains artificial intelligence to understand the world. Find Daeil on Twitter at @daeil and find AI.Reverie at @aireverie. Daniela Perdomo is the co-founder and CEO of goTenna, a startup that designs and develops technologies for off-grid and decentralized communications. Find Daniela on Twitter at @danielaperdomo and goTenna at @goTenna.
55:30 6/15/21
Modernizing the Defense Supply Chain with Rep. Mikie Sherrill
Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill joins ACME General Corp. to talk about representing Picatinny Arsenal in Congress and serving on the House Armed Services and Science, Space, and Technology Committees. Rep. Sherrill is a former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor and current representative for New Jersey’s 11th district. Learn more about her legislative priorities at sherrill.house.gov and find her on Twitter at @RepSherrill.
22:45 5/18/21
Progress Through Innovation with Patrick Murphy
The Honorable Patrick Murphy, former Congressman from Pennsylvania and Acting Secretary of the Army, joins ACME General Corp. to talk about defense innovation from every perspective. Patrick is a former Congressman from Pennsylvania and Acting Secretary of the Army. He’s been a paratrooper, founded a tech startup, been a leading voice on cybersecurity within government, and currently serves as the Distinguished Chair of Innovation at the United States Military Academy. He is also a Commissioner on the US Cyberspace Solarium Commission. Learn more about Patrick at patrickjmurphy.com and find him on Twitter at @PatrickMurphyPA.
22:38 3/23/21
A Military Innovation Overhaul with David McCormick
David McCormick joins ACME General Corp. for a conversation about military innovation. David is the CEO of Bridgewater Associates. He is also a US Army veteran who served in the first Gulf War. David served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs during the 2008 global financial crisis. He currently serves on several non-profit boards and holds a seat on the Defense Policy Board. In December, he authored an article for Fast Company titled “America's Military Needs An Innovation Overhaul”.
30:44 2/10/21
The National Defense Authorization Act with Rep. Don Bacon
Congressman Don Bacon, member of the House Armed Services Committee, joins ACME General Corp. for a conversation about the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. Rep. Bacon is a retired Air Force brigadier general and representative for Nebraska's second congressional district. He is a co-founder and co-chair of the For Country Caucus and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Learn more about Rep. Bacon on his website and find him on Twitter at @RepDonBacon.  Learn more about the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act here.
32:50 1/13/21
The Future of Defense Task Force with Rep. Seth Moulton
“None of this is going to be easy. It's going to be a fight. That's why it's so significant that this report in this unbelievably divided time in American history is so bipartisan. That's an example that I hope everyone will recognize.” - Rep. Seth Moulton Future of Defense Task Force co-chair Congressman Seth Moulton joins ACME General Corp. for a conversation. The Future of Defense Task Force, chaired by Moulton and Congressman Jim Banks, was a bipartisan group working to strengthen our nation’s security. Learn more about Rep. Moulton on his website and find him on Twitter at @SethMoulton. Read the full Future of Defense Task Force Report here.
28:41 12/15/20
Trailer
Accelerate Defense is a podcast dedicated to ensuring that the United States maintains its innovation advantage over any military adversary. Host Ken Harbaugh will interview political figures, military professionals, and other thought leaders about how innovation shapes our national security landscape. Accelerate Defense is a podcast from ACME General Corp, launching soon.
01:10 10/16/20