The DEF Los Angeles team recently gathered for our January Drink & Think at Salt Creek Grille in El Segundo. Attendees from a variety of defense, industry and academic organizations showed up to discuss DEF’s ongoing activities and recent updates as well as the broader innovation community in Los Angeles, particularly the Hacking for Defense (H4D) initiative at the University of Southern California (USC).

One of the highlights of the evening, aside from hearing introductions of new community members, was Dr. Matt Gratias, who works with USC and MD5 in a variety of capacities and also teaches in the inaugural H4D course. He provided an overview of H4D and the innovation ecosystem around it as well as various opportunities that DEF has to get involved and bring together innovators in national security community.

Although details of the February Drink & Think are to be determined, we decided it should take place on a different day of the week and in a different venue to engage a broader community, probably closer to Culver City or Downtown LA, possibly in concert with Bunker Labs LA, a non-profit that empowers veteran entrepreneurs as leaders in innovation.

Want to get involved? We’re always looking to connect with people interested in national security, working on novel projects or that have ideas for how we can better shift national security community culture to be more innovative. Feel free to attend an upcoming event, join us in our Slack, Facebook and LinkedIn groups, or shoot us a note.

Until next time,

Jeremy & Peter



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