The Defense Technology Initiative (DTI), born from the region's successful 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) efforts, is currently working to develop a sustainable New England strategy that will both strengthen the region's defense technology cluster and provide specific business opportunities for its members. In recent years it has become apparent that DTI's mission has become more critical than ever.

New England possesses one of the world's most diverse defense technology ecosystems, but changing political, economic and fiscal dynamics are threatening to hinder the region's growth potential and ability to develop the next generation of defense technology. Significant Pentagon force reductions are already underway and rumblings about a new BRAC, likely in 2015, have started to grow louder. And other military states and regions have been working in a more coordinated - and political - fashion to pursue Pentagon and DHS contracts, as well as base expansion.

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On January 29, 2014, the Defense Technology Initiative was pleased to host UK Defense Attaché Maj. Gen Buster Howes for a roundtable discussion with our members. Joined by Boston UK Consul General Susie Kitchens, General Howes led an interactive discussion on potential areas of cooperation between the British government and U.S. defense technology companies. To learn more about how your defense technology firm may benefit from business opportunities in the United Kingdom, please contact DTI Membership Director Ron Trznadel at (781) 890-6482 or at ron@mhtc.org.    

 UK Defense Attaché Maj. Gen Buster Howes, HM Consul General, Boston,
Susie Kitchens, and DTI President Chris Anderson

Nov. 8, 2013 - Gov. Patrick and members of the Congressional Delegation host a meeting with Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force.

Nov. 8, 2013 - Sen. Warren shakes hands with
Col. Hanscom base commander Col. Weilacher. Council president Chris Anderson in background.

Lt. Gen. Moore presents to DTI members, June 25, 2013

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Mass. High Tech Council Policy Teams:

Cost Competitiveness (Fiscal Policy)
Under the leadership of KPMG, the Cost Competitiveness Team will revise and sustain annual updates to the MHTC State Tax Competitiveness Study (first produced in 2008); analyze data and identify top policy priorities; identify and draft legislative proposals; and execute a policy strategy in accordance with the selected competitivesess priorities. Learn more..

2013 Mass. High Tech Council Business Climate Survey Results

Talent Development (Education Policy)
Under the leadership of Chris Zannetos, CEO of Courion and Al Bunshaft, Managing Director of Dassault Systemes, the Talent Development Team will revise and update the 2007 Education Priorites Plan; analyze education performance and talent development data and identify top policy priorities; identify and draft legislative proposals; and execute a policy strategy in accodance with the selected talent development priorities. Learn more..


January 23, 2014 - Senate Approves $177 Million Military Bond Bill (State House News)

December 15, 2013 - Air Force Seeks Hanscom Tech Bids (Boston Globe)

December 11, 2013 -DTI Members Meet with Key Hanscom Decision-Makers

November 8, 2013 - Gov. Patrick Hosts AF Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Hanscom AFB Leadership at the State House (Gov. Press Release)

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DTI Partners with

January 2013 - Access targeted and breaking defense and technology news out of Washington today via a new member benefit: a complimentary 30-day trial to PoliticoPro (with exclusive Mass. High Tech Council and Defense Tech Initiative member-only discounted rates followitn your trial).  Click here for more information.

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Multi-state reports commissioned by the Defense Technology Initiative show spending by the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security in New England grew by more than 80% during the past decade.  

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