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Peter Newell to present Science, Technology, Innovation & Policy Leadership Series lecture December 4

Peter Newell

Peter Newell, Managing Partner of BMNT, will present the next Virginia Tech NCR Science, Technology, Innovation & Policy Leadership Lecture, to be held Monday, December 4th, at the Virginia Tech Research Center — Arlington. The title of his lecture is Solving the Red Queen Problem: Building a National Security Innovation Pipeline.

BMNT is a Silicon Valley based company that generates solutions to National Security challenges. Peter is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow for the National Defense University and a co-author of “Hacking 4 Defense,” the nationally scaling graduate technology innovation course first taught at Stanford University.

Prior to joining BMNT, Pete served as the Director of the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF). Reporting directly to the senior leadership of the Army, he was charged with rapidly finding, integrating, and employing solutions to the emerging problems faced by Soldiers on today's battlefield.

From 2010 to 2013 Pete led over 350 innovation projects involving investment of over $1.4B in efforts designed to counter the effects of improvised explosive devices, reduce small unit’s exposure to suicide bombers and rocket attacks and to reduce their reliance on long resupply chains. He was also responsible for the Army’s first deployment of mobile advanced manufacturing labs in a bid to more closely connect scientists and engineers to problems on the battlefield.

Pete retired from the US Army as a Colonel in 2013. During his 32 years in uniform, he served as both an enlisted national guardsman and as an active duty officer. He served in, led, and commanded Infantry units at the platoon through brigade level, while performing special operations, combat, and peace support operations in Panama, Kosovo, Egypt, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is an Army Ranger who has received numerous military awards and decorations to include the Silver Star and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Pete holds a BS from Kansas State University, an MS from the US Army Command Camp; General Staff College, an MS from the National Defense University and Advanced Certificates from the MIT Sloan School and Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Please register to attend this event. A live stream of the lecture will also be available.

For more information, contact Sanjay Raman.

A reception will precede and follow presentation. Presentation begins at 4:30 pm.

Posted November 30, 2017