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Job creation, innovation & peace? We need the military, DARPA, NASA, Talpiot, InQTel, Stanford, MIT?

Job creation and disruption are critical engines to economic growth, distribution of wealth and peace through markets.

This is why Talpiot, elite military units, NASA, DARPA, Stanford, MIT, are all critical?  Most of the greatest innovations from supplychain to microwave to the internet to mobile technologies, GPS and almost that we use everyday that make our lives easier, came from projects which the elite tech units that were funded. You name it. DARPA, InQTel, Talpiot, Unit 8200, NASA, the list is endless. Without this incredible investment by governments especially the United States, Israel and a few other countries, we would not have the mind boggling technologies we have day to day that make our lives, easier, more productive and have the leverage on productivity.

This is a super critical and fundamental question.

Where Good Technologies Come From: Case Studies in American Innovation
http://thebreakthrough.org/archive/american_innovation

http://thebreakthrough.org/blog/Case%20Studies%20in%20American%20Innovation%20report.pdf

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http://thebreakthrough.org/archive/presentation_where_good_techno

Study shows Stanford alumni create nearly $3 trillion in economic impact each year
A study by two Stanford professors determines that companies founded by the university’s alumni generate trillions in annual revenue and have created 5.4 million jobs.http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/october/innovation-economic-impact-102412.html

Entrepreneurial Impact: The Role of MIT
The overall MIT entrepreneurial environment, consisting of multiple education, research and social network institutions, contributes to this outstanding and growing entrepreneurial output. Highlights of the findings include:

  • An estimated 6,900 MIT alumni companies with worldwide sales of approximately $164 billion are located in Massachusetts alone and represent 26 percent of the sales of all Massachusetts companies.
  • 4,100 MIT alumni-founded firms are based in California, and generate an estimated $134 billion in worldwide sales.
  • States currently benefiting most from jobs created by MIT alumni companies are Massachusetts (estimated at just under one million jobs worldwide); California (estimated at 526,000 jobs), New York (estimated at 231,000 jobs), Texas (estimated at 184,000) and Virginia (estimated at 136,000).

– See more at: http://www.kauffman.org/research-and-policy/mit-entrepreneurs.aspx#sthash.zofR0mRX.dpuf

Israel has more startups than anywhere outside of Silicon Valley. What’s fueling the Internet boom? Soldiers, officers, code-breakers, and spies.
http://iamthewitness.com/Israeli.Tech.Warfare.htm

The top physics and math students in Israel are groomed for dazzling careers through an unusual military training program.
http://israel21c.org/technology/the-idf-incubator-for-israels-future-ceos/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talpiot_program

Israeli military intelligence unit drives country’s hi-tech boom
Unit 8200, Israel’s ‘GCHQ’, has spawned more technology millionaires than many business schools

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/12/israel-military-intelligence-unit-tech-boom

http://www.forbes.com/2007/02/07/israel-military-unit-ventures-biz-cx_gk_0208israel.html

DARPA
http://www.darpa.mil/About/History/First_50_Years.aspx
http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/Science_and_Technology/DARPA/301.pdf

DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar: Long-term view should guide…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lDBtUQ_3lE

In-Q-Tel
https://www.iqt.org

106 Startups Who Received Investment from the C.I.A. + Most Frequent In-Q-Tel Co-Investors
http://mattermark.com/106-startups-who-received-investment-from-the-c-i-a-most-frequent-in-q-tel-co-investors/

How A ‘Deviant’ Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded Data-Mining Juggernaut
http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2013/08/14/agent-of-intelligence-how-a-deviant-philosopher-built-palantir-a-cia-funded-data-mining-juggernaut/

The bottomline is that the some of the greatest innovations came because governments invested in the military for applications that drive a battlefield competitive advantage, but really ended up accelerating some of the greatest entrepreneurs in the world. Creating jobs in the millions, wealth and driving the engine of economic growth, entrepreneurship.

This is a business model with a clear ROI and an IRR that is unmistakably super critical to the Silicon Valleys of the world. That engine needs to keep firing and we need the Talpiots elite military units, NSAs, DARPAs, NASAs, Stanfords, MITs and the list that keeps this engine going? If you measure the bottomline they create peace!

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  1. HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW ARTICLE
    “Special Forces” Innovation: How DARPA Attacks Problems
    by Regina E. Dugan, Kaigham J. Gabriel
    Source: Harvard Business Review
    11 pages. Publication Date: Oct 01, 2013. Prod. #: R1310C-PDF-ENG

    Regina E. Dugan and Kaigham J. Gabriel were formerly the director and deputy director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Dugan is currently a senior vice president at Google’s Motorola Mobility business, where she leads the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. Gabriel is a corporate vice president at Motorola Mobility and the deputy director of ATAP.

    http://hbr.org/product/special-forces-innovation-how-darpa-attacks-problems/an/R1310C-PDF-ENG

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