Duke’s Newest ‘Defensive’ Line


Duke’s ‘Defensive’ Line




Duke’s relationship with the military is broad and committed. From programs specifically for veterans and military-affiliated personnel to studies of the aerodynamic properties of meta-materials in vehicle antenna, Duke understands that real relationships with the Department of Defense require both vision and cooperation.




Connect Anywhere with Metamaterials.




Imagine a lens made of circuit board materials that can bend electromagnetic waves in totally new ways. How about a satellite uplink on a tossing ship that has no moving parts? Metamaterials will revolutionize mobile communications. Let’s see how they work.

Researchers from Duke University are teaming up with colleagues at the University of Washington and industry experts at Northrop Grumman to develop metamaterial antennas tailored to the contours and angles of modern military aircraft.

The collaboration is the result of a new pilot program from the Department of Defense called the Defense Enterprise Science Initiative (DESI). Backing five university-industry teams pursuing independent projects, DESI is focused on accelerating the impact of basic research on defense capabilities.



‘Contact’ Lens



Missy Cummings on the Defense Innovation Board.




Duke University Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Mary “Missy” Cummings, Ph.D., recently joined the Defense Innovation Board and quickly offered suggestions on the best way to frame machine learning systems.

This past Wednesday, Oct. 10, the Defense Innovation Board held an open hearing on the best, most ethical way to incorporate A.I. into the battle space and into Department of Defense daily operations. One idea kept resurfacing: the meaning of intelligence…



The Ethics of A.I.



Counterterrorism Public Policy Fellows.




An intensive educational experience, the Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship is designed to enhance Fellows’ understanding of national security issues and the American policymaking process, and empower them to operate more effectively at high-level leadership positions.

This year’s Fellows bring with them advanced degrees; distinguished service in Macedonia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo; and intelligence technology experience.



With Distinction



Hacking for Defense.



Tommy Sowers, Southeast Regional Director, MD5. MD5 photo.

MD5, the Department of Defense (DOD) program that collaborates with universities, entrepreneurs and innovators to keep the U.S. military tech savvy, established its Southeast presence at the American Underground (AU) in Durham, NC.

“Our region boasts one of the largest populations of active duty service members and veterans in the nation,” Tim Horan their first veteran-in-residence said in a statement. “This concentration of talent and knowledge in both the military and civilian ecosystems overlap and mutually benefit each other in ways unlike other hubs of innovation in the country. The launch of MD5 at the AU strengthens the partnerships between entrepreneurs and the military.”



NatSec Accelerator



A Duke-Army Tailgate for a Growing Community.



The gridiron Duke-Army clash was also a moment for the Duke student veteran community to meet and network. Photo by Jared Lazarus

More than 250 student veterans, family members and veterans from the local community packed the pavilion overlooking Duke’s Koskinen Stadium for a tailgate party prior to the Duke-Army football game, Aug. 31.
“This community is integral to Duke as military affiliated students are leaders across the campus,” says Anna Page, a second lieutenant in the Army Reserves now studying in the Divinity School.



Gridiron Gang



Carlucci Fellows Reinvent National Security. 




The Marcia and Frank Carlucci Charitable Foundation generously supports internships for graduate students at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy who are pursuing careers in national security.

The 2018 Fellows spent time in Istanbul, Turkey; the Hague, Netherlands; accelerating defense tech; and working on Capitol Hill.














Duke in DC is Duke University’s academic and outreach center in Washington, D.C.

Located in the heart of downtown Washington, Duke in DC hosts academic programs, DC-based university faculty and staff, alumni receptions and meetings, and other activities and events related to official university business in Washington. Sometimes referred to as Duke’s “embassy” in DC, Duke in DC is the central hub of Duke activity in our nation’s capital.




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