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U of Arizona launches research corporation to provide solutions for national security


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 13th, 2019

The University of Arizona (UA) has launched a new corporation aimed at solving complex problems related to national security. The UA Applied Research Corp. (UA-ARC) will seek to commercialize security-related applications from the university’s advanced research in optics, hypersonics, quantum information science, artificial intelligence and other fields.

“The University of Arizona is already a recognized leader in these critical technologies,” says UA president Robert C. Robbins. “This corporation allows us to leverage these strengths and dedicate resources, facilities and intellectual capital to the development of the next several generations of technology that will drive our economy and impact our lives in myriad ways.”

The university is launching UA-ARC at a time when the Department of Defense budget is increasing. Last May, Congress passed a nearly $660 billion defense budget for the 2018 fiscal year, a 14% increase from the previous year.

“We will work with defense, security and intelligence community sponsors to conduct the kind of research that will satisfy the cost, schedule and performance metrics that drive the federal government procedure process,” says Austin K. Yamada, president and CEO of the new corporation. “Our nation faces many threats to national security that require the best and brightest minds to help develop solutions to existing as well as emerging problems,” says Yamada. “And many of the best minds in the country are at the UA.”

Source: LaserFocusWorld

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