"In order to remain the ... best Air Force on the planet, we have to be constantly innovating, and particularly when it comes to high-technology solutions, we've got to speed it up," Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said in April during her second visit to Silicon Valley in four months.
The Department of Defense runs a similar program geared toward Silicon Valley startups, and Secretary of Defense Ash Carter beefed it up last month.
"There's just a general movement that you can feel," said Meagan Metzger, founder of Washington, D.C.-based accelerator Dcode42, which focuses on helping startups win government business.
The federal government has long had its hand in emerging Silicon Valley technologies -- it was the DOD's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA that helped bring us a little thing known as the internet and that is credited with jump-starting the self-driving car movement in the early 2000s.
Kuang Chen, CEO and co-founder of Oakland company Captricity, said he's been trying for years to help the Department of Veterans Affairs clear its notorious backlog of veteran disability claims.
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