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In case you haven’t noticed, cybersecurity has become the top concern of federal agency IT and program people. Now a new study finds a highly robust cybersecurity services industry in the D.C. region. But the products it uses aren’t made here. Jonathan Aberman joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the study.

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter is planting so-called innovation centers all over. First came San Jose, then Boston and now, Austin Texas. Is he overdoing it? Will these DIUXs (Defense Innovation Unit Experimental) produce tangible results? And what do they mean for companies in the D.C. region. For some possible answers, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to Jonathan Aberman, chairman of Amplifier Ventures.

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A whole industry grew up locally known as the Beltway Bandits — those who made a living from lucrative government contracts. But 21st-century innovation has brought new competition from outside the Greater Washington Region. Jonathan provides a peek into his research on the future of innovation in the region on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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“…the Lockheed-Leidos deal indicates how massive contractors continue to fare well, while midsize IT companies continue to struggle.

“It’s a mature market, and mature markets award scale,” Aberman said. “[Lockheed and Leidos] can be profitable because they’re more efficient.”

While the current state of industry doesn’t bode well for midsized contractors, Aberman said the conditions have been right for startups.

“There’s an enormous advantage in the world of tech to be really, really large and benefit from scale, or be really, really small and be nimble,” he said. “You either win on scale or you win on uniqueness.”

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is thinking small. In seeking the next generation of technologies and the companies that invent them, it’s not focusing on the standard Defense Industrial Base. I was on a road show with DARPA and Arlington County officials and I explain the new model for generating future government contractors on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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