Bridging the Innovation Gap: How to Improve Cooperation Between Tech Startups and the National Security Community

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At this event chaired by Sir Michael Fallon, NATO Assistant Secretary-General Giedrimas Jeglinskas, Isar Aerospace Co-Founder and CEO Daniel Metzler and Dr Staffan Truvé, Co-Founder and CTO, Recorded Future, will discuss how to bridge the gap between tech startups and the national security community.

Despite efforts to bridge it, the gap between innovative tech startups and the national security community remains an enormous challenge for Western countries.

It’s an especially serious issue as strategic competitors such as China can much more integrate combine private-sector innovation into the government’s national security objectives. But efforts are underway in Western countries to address the challenge.


Giedrimas Jeglinskas is NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management. Before assuming his current post, Jeglinskas served as the Vice-Minister of Defence of Lithuania. From 2010 to 2017, Mr. Jeglinskas worked as Vice President in Corporate Banking at Citigroup. He is a former Lithuanian Army officer, having graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a BSc in Political Science and Computer Science. He holds an MA in National Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC and an MBA in Strategy and Finance from Columbia Business School in New York.

Daniel Metzler is Co-Founder and CEO of Isar Aerospace, a Munich based company developing orbital space launch vehicles. The team aims to lower the barriers for commercial space access for small satellites and satellite constellations through rocket production automation and is backed by investors such as former SpaceX VP Bulent Altan, Earlybird and Airbus Ventures. Daniel previously led a team of 40 students at the rocketry research group WARR developing sounding rockets. Next to his studies in mechanical and aerospace engineering he also developed multiple web services.

Dr Staffan Truvé is Co-Founder and CTO of Recorded Future, a startup whose investors include Google Ventures and In-Q-Tel. Previously he was CEO of the Swedish Institute of Computer Science and Interactive Institute. Staffan has co-founded more than a dozen high-tech start-ups. He holds a PhD in computer science from Chalmers University of Technology and an MBA from Gothenburg University. He has been a Fulbright Scholar at MIT. His research interests include artificial intelligence and information visualization. Staffan is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

The event is chaired by Sir Michael Fallon, former UK Defence Secretary.

Please note that this event is invitation-only.

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