The Pentagon’s Road to Venture Capital

The Pentagon’s Road to Venture Capital

American Fund for Innovative Technologies: James Geurts, ancient Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition, also responsible for acquisitions at Special Operations Command (2021); Hugh Wyman Howard IIIretired rear admiral, ancient commander, Naval Special Warfare Command (2022); Ryan McCarthy, ancient Secretary of the Army (2021); Richard Spencer, ancient Secretary of the Navy (2019). Sally Donnelly, ancient assistant (2018) to former Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis, is an advisor to Thomas Tull, founder of Innovative Technology Fund. Defense-related investments: Robotic Gecko (automated maintenance evaluations), Saronic Technologies (autonomous military ships), First of all (AI software), Capella space (satellites), AI Shield (AI pilot), Anduril (defense software/autonomous vehicles).

8VC:Brian Hendrickson, Retired Navy Rear AdmiralSouthern Command and Military Director of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (2019). Defense-related investments: Anduril Industries (defense software/autonomous weapons), Epirus (counter-drone), Palantir (AI software), Saronic Technologies (autonomous military ships).

Lux Capital: Raymond Antoine Thomas III, retired general, United States Special Operations Command (2019); James Geurts, ancient Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, and Director of Acquisition at Special Operations Command (2021). Defense-related investments: Hadrian (advanced manufacturing), Sailing drone (autonomous maritime surveillance), Anduril (defense software/autonomous vehicles), Impulse space (delivery of space payloads), Astranis (space communications), First of all (AI software), Relativity (space launch).

SineWave Ventures: J. David Harris, ancient Chief Data Scientist, National Security Agency (2021); Brian Hibbelan, ancient director of the Remote Sensing Center of the Ministry of Defense (2020). Defense-related investments: Clarifaï (computer vision, AI in big language), Shabodi (communication networks).

General catalyst: Scott Howell, retired Lieutenant General of the Air Force, former Joint Special Operations Command (2021). Defense-related investments: Vannevar Laboratories (software defense), Anduril (defense software/autonomous drones), Applied intuition (autonomous vehicle software).

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David B.Otero

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