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Air Force Academy taps AT&T to stay up on emerging tech

IoT 

The Air Force Academy wants to get be just as innovative as the private sector so it’s teaming up with telecom giant AT&T.

AT&T announced a five-year cooperative research and development agreement with the Academy June 7, which will focus on cybersecurity, the internet of things, Smart Base solutions, 5G, and software-defined networking, among other emerging technologies.

The Air Force Academy’s director for CyberWorx, Lt. Col. Michael Chiaramonte, said in a statement that using the telecom company’s resources could "improve our understanding and use of technology” and “advance our academic and research objectives."

The partnership would provide Academy cadets with hands-on demonstrations and experience beyond the classroom. It would also fit under the AFA’s larger research mission, which includes 19 centers and two institutes as part of their research program.

AT&T Public Sector’s client executive VP Rocky Thurston described the partnership via statement as being "an action-oriented academic ‘think tank’" that will help pinpoint the Air Force's current and future needs.

About the Author

Lauren C. Williams is a staff writer at FCW covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at lwilliams@fcw.com, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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