The U.S. Navy’s acquisition chief announced the establishment of the London Tech Bridge—the U.S. Navy’s first such innovation centre outside the United States.
According to the U.S. Navy here, the initial focus areas of the London Tech Bridge will be artificial intelligence, unmanned and autonomy, biotechnology, space, and lasers/directed energy.
“London Tech Bridge makes 13 overall and our first overseas location,” said James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research Development and Acquisition.
“This location emphasises and builds on our unique partnership with the U.K. and Royal Navy and will better enable us to accelerate solutions to support our defense strategies.”
The London Tech Bridge will connect UK technology solutions to the U.S Department of the Navy and will also partner U.S. companies with UK industry and the Ministry of Defence. In London, the Tech Bridge will be working with the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Navy, combining the innovation of the two nations’ defense experts.
“The London Tech Bridge will serve as the DON gateway to connect with international leading-edge tech companies and innovation partners to accelerate solutions,” said Whitney Tallarico, NavalX Tech Bridge program director.
“While national security is our goal, we are keenly aware that it takes an international team to provide stability for our world. Part of that stability is based on offering global citizens meaningful jobs, opportunities to work on complex problems, and providing a platform to remind us that we have friends at home and abroad who want to see our people and our economies flourish,” Tallarico said.