CAMBRIDGE, MA—Draper recently hosted U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks for a discussion of the company’s efforts to enhance the nation’s capacity for innovation, research and development of advanced systems for national security.
Officials underscored the value to the nation for organizations like Draper, not just in terms of advancing capacity for research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E), but its continued leadership to develop and promote tech talent on behalf of the U.S.
The meeting featured briefings by senior leaders of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, or DEVCOM, including Brigadier General David Trybula, Deputy Commanding General for DEVCOM and Senior Mission Commander of Natick Soldier Systems Center, or NSSC, and Douglas Tamilio, Director, DEVCOM Soldier Center, an NSSC tenant organization.
Draper is a research and development partner of DEVCOM and the DEVCOM Soldier Center in advancing the development of soldier-focused technologies.
Draper’s major contributions to national defense include the development of inertial guidance systems for ballistic missile applications and space missions; autonomous guidance, navigation & control systems for unmanned underwater vehicles; highly reliable computing systems for undersea, air and space vehicles; miniature electromechanical systems for guided munitions; and biotechnology and biosecurity applications. In each example, Draper developed and advanced the technology, built the first prototypes and conducted field tests and operational demonstrations.