The Pentagon has made an unprecedented push to cozy up with Silicon Valley over the past two years, opening satellite offices on the West Coast and Boston in an effort to import fresh insight, ideas and innovation from the private sector to the military.
But the highly public outreach doesn’t sit well with some members of the Beltway’s defense contracting base who feel ignored and overlooked despite knowing how to navigate the Defense Department’s complex acquisition and procurement processes.
“It really ticks me off that we have to go outside this area to Silicon Valley to talk about innovation,” said Gregory Glaros, CEO of Synexxus, an Arlington, Virginia-based IT company. Glaros spoke Friday at the Defense One Tech Summit.
“We ignore local innovation because we glibly think all the innovation is taking place out there,” said Glaros, who called Silicon Valley’s tech start-up culture a “public Ponzi scheme.”
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