Duke University formalizes five-year innovation partnership with U.S. Army

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Duke University and the U.S. Army’s 18th Airborne Corps have formed a new partnership, one that the entities say will spur innovation and streamline military processes.

The five-year partnership was signed Wednesday and operates as an “umbrella under which future projects linking Army personnel and Duke faculty can be created quickly and with little red tape,” according to a story published on the Duke Today website.

“These kinds of academic partnerships advance the culture of innovation we’re building across the 18th Airborne Corps while allowing us to contribute ideas and innovative soldiers to these top universities,” said Col. Joe Buccino, a spokesman for the 18th Airborne Corps, in the story on Duke Today. “Our relationship with Duke will manifest in Soldier-Academic Innovation Teams to collaborate on problems both the Army and Duke are working on.”

The Army will “gain access” to faculty members and research facilities, and the university will receive access to “tech-based problems,” Buccino notes in the Duke Today story.

In one class, designed with the partnership in mind, students will use entrepreneurial strategies to solve those problems presented by the Army.  The class, Hacking for Defense, has been offered for three semesters thus far, according to the university.

The new partnership is a formalization of the prior relationship, the story notes.

Original Article Source: WRAL TechWire