Trump backs Obama-era defense technology unit
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - President Donald Trump's administration is endorsing a Barack Obama-era effort enlisting startup companies to develop solutions for the military's toughest technology challenges.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Thursday he expects the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental will not only survive but "grow in its influence and its impact" under the Republican administration.
Mattis made the comments while visiting the program's outpost in Mountain View, California, the hometown of Google.
The visit was Mattis' first to the initiative known as DIUx, which also has offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Austin, Texas, and the Pentagon.
The two-year old program continues to face questions from skeptical lawmakers.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman and Texas Republican Mac Thornberry says the jury is still out on whether it's the best way to address the military's technology needs.
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