TLSI Co-Chairs, Dr. Jahmy Hindman (CTO, John Deere) and Dr. Steve Walker (Vice President and CTO, Lockheed Martin), and Council Executive Vice President Chad Evans engaged TLSI members in a focused conversation to explore and map out the TLSI’s policy agenda for the coming two years. Facilitated by Council Senior Fellow Mr. Toby Redshaw (CEO, Verus Advisory), and a kick-off presentation by Dr. John Smee, Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm, TLSI members shared a range of potential project ideas - from a radical rethinking of the U.S. innovation model, to shaping a platform for greater research collaboration and talent sharing across borders with strategic allies.
Invited speakers Ms. Amy Nice, Assistant Director for International S&T Workforce in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Dr. Rebecca Lynn Keiser, Chief of Research Security Strategy and Policy at the U.S. National Science Foundation, spoke about the delicate balancing act of attracting and retaining skilled labor while maintaining research and national security. Dr. Phil Root, Director of the Strategic Technology Office at DARPA, reflected on key opportunities from technology disruption. Dr. Claudio Vilar Furtado, President of the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Policy, discussed the transformational changes taking place in Brazil's patent approval process – reducing backlogs over many years – and the positive impact these reforms are beginning to have on Brazil’s innovation ecosystem.