The United States of America stands as a hallmark of civil virtue and it is important to consider how it arrived there.Warfare is never civil and violence is always an intolerable act used in desperation. Why one party is forced to take that route is often a convoluted blend of ancient history and modern injustice. Perception rules the laws of the battlefield and leaves many scenarios open for interpretation. The United States Military has recognized these facts since its inception and has prioritized training its soldiers, intelligence professionals, and leadership on the rules of engagement. Without a powerful voice of reason the world could fall into ruthless power grabs initiated by individuals.
The United States of America elevated the international community to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Challenges that span the gaps between humanitarian outreach, economic opportunity, and military response. These challenges will continue to change and an innovative approach will be an essential component of solving each and every problem in today's world and for generations to come.
A strong wave of momentum is behind these problems, seeking the brightest minds of our generation to heed the call of service to our great nation. A call that builds a bridge between government and private industry, encouraging citizens and soldiers to sit at the same table with policy-makers and leadership, all with the common goal of making our world a better place.
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In every area of our lives we have an opportunity to further our own vision of the American Dream. Perhaps equally important is the ability to foster that opportunity for others. Domestically this can often be obvious and, daresay simple, but abroad becomes much more complex.
This is where the Department of Defense steps in - where our brave men and women are tasked with walking on eggshells into the unknown. It's no secret that warfare has changed but few have a broad understanding to the full extent and first we must listen to them, the military leaders who have made a professional career out of the noble causes discussed here. And we must encourage them by standing behind them, willing to help them identify the most difficult problems facing our military and find a rapid solution that can be fielded, tested, and improved upon.
Enter private industry - where an attitude of innovation overrides bureaucratic red-tape. Companies have an innate ability to pivot and pursue opportunity that best serve its long-term vision. This allows individuals to move quickly through an agile development process and deliver solutions to the market, sometimes within hours. The Federal Government has a tougher time moving that quickly, which is why government contracting has become one of the largest industries in the world.
From prime contractors to the SBIR-funded small business, the American story is based on collaboration from the entire nation. Today's world will continue to challenge governments around the world to rise above short-term fixes and iterate long-term, sustainable solutions.
The United States of America must stand as a model for this type of innovation-focused collaboration and organizations like the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum play an important role in helping people connect. Whether you are interested in helping our military, our healthcare system, our economy, our rural communities, our cities, the environment, our children, or our international community - the first step is to introduce the best and brightest to the problems we face and tackle each challenge together, United.