Contributed by Jill Webb, Director of Business Development, Central Bancorp
As home to a growing defense industry and military presence, Colorado Springs has the honor to host a number of technical conferences each year that discuss the nation’s defense capabilities–present and future.
I had the pleasure this past week to attend one such gathering of minds at the Wide Area Sensing and Communications (WASC) Conference, which brought together some tremendous defense experts and officials including General Michael Hayden, the former director of the CIA; General William Shelton, commander of the Air Force Space Command; Lieutenant Governor Joe Garcia; and several other Department of Defense officials and industry experts.
These professionals from the commercial and military sectors were here in Colorado Springs to share the latest and greatest in communication and technology platforms that our military and government are using and developing to keep this country safe.
While most of what I saw seemed futuristic and unimaginable, the most interesting aspect of the conference, in my opinion, is that a lot of the technology showcased came from local small businesses right here in Colorado Springs, and they should be commended for their achievements in advancing defense technology.
The following companies were at the conference along with their CEO’s, who shared their latest successes:
Navsys Corporation: Provides technical products and services in GPS hardware design, systems engineering, systems analysis, and software design
SkySentry: A national leader in the investigation and development of high altitude operations
Imprimis Inc: Supports government and private organizations in achieving operational excellence with the effective use of technology
Global Near Space Services: Designs and develops unmanned aerospace systems
Colorado Springs is known for its many great industries, outdoor offerings, and quality of life. Through the work of these industries and more, it has also become the second largest defense industry market in the United States. We should be proud of that accomplishment and celebrate these businesses who are making it happen!
For more information on the WASC Conference, CLICK HERE.