State and local leaders, along with officials from Aberdeen Proving Ground’s Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, held a ribbon-cutting this week for the new Maryland Defense Technology Commercialization Center in Havre de Grace, Md. DefTech, as the center is called, will provide resources and work space to companies and entrepreneurs who wish to commercialize technology developed at the proving ground. The center, which is funded through a grant the state Department of Commerce received from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, is part of a long-term regional effort to develop an innovation network around technology developed by Army researchers at Aberdeen, reports the Baltimore Sun. … In an op-ed published in Army Times, Lindsey Burke, a researcher at the Heritage Foundation, makes the case that offering school choice to military families would benefit military retention and recruitment. Last week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos voiced support for a proposal to allow service members to tap $1.3 billion in federal funds to send their kids to private schools or pay for other education services through the use of education savings accounts. … John Henderson, the new assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment, and energy, has been named the National Society of Professional Engineers’ 2018 Federal Engineer of the Year, reports the Air Force. Henderson received the honor last week for his tenure as commander of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Omaha District, where he guided the agency during the Dakota Access Pipeline permitting process and negotiated a 20-year partnership with the Western States Power Corporation to provide more than $1 billion in private funds to rehabilitate federal hydropower infrastructure on the Missouri River.
Aegis photo by Matt Button