Battlefield to Boardroom: The Evolution of the Joint Special Operations Command

Please join us on October 23rd as we welcome Major (Ret.) Bob Kinder who will be presenting Battle to Boardroom: The Evolution of the Joint Special Operations Command. Bob will be speaking about the history and maturation of the Joint Special Operations Command, touching on how the counter terror organization transformed in the age of Al Qaeda and the important role that technology played in this battle.


We will have a delicious cheese and charcuterie spread as well as seasonal, local beverages.  We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd!


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Defense Networking Group in Kendall Square Celebrates Two Year Anniversary

Defense Networking Group in Kendall Square Celebrates Two Year Anniversary

Local networking group United4Defense celebrated its two year anniversary last month and will be holding its next monthly meeting on October 23rd in Kendall Square.

Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) September 30, 2014 — Last month United4Defense, a Kendall Square-based defense technology networking group celebrated its two year anniversary of its founding. Since 2012, the group has consistently been holding monthly meetings at the CIC building in Kendall Square in an effort to bring together professionals, scientists, and students from the surrounding labs, military bases, schools and businesses in a casual atmosphere to share ideas, network and promote innovation, collaboration and education within the defense sphere.

The first United4Defense event showcased Bedford-based robotics giant iRobot and has since welcomed many other notable Boston technology companies including: The Soldier Natick Lab (Natick), Boston Engineering (Waltham) and Draper Labs (Cambridge) among many others. From its small beginnings, United4Defense has emerged to become a customary monthly event for its many local members, even playing host to a few “Innovation Fairs” which the group organized to spotlight emerging defense companies and technologies in a small tradeshow atmosphere. As United4Defense attendee and exhibitor Michael Quan said, “For the past two years, U4D has been an important nexus for small, innovative companies, large defense firms, federal laboratories, and civilian defense employees. The monthly events cover a range of topics from drones to cyber security to sensors and draw on the deep expertise natural to the Greater Boston area. My company, Interactive Tactical Group, has made important connections through U4D, and we look forward to attending each monthly meeting”. Beyond striving to offer their peers in the defense industry an outlet to come together in the Boston area, United4Defense wishes to bridge the gap between the larger system integrators and the small business innovators in order to cultivate inclusion and progress for our nation’s security.

This month, at their October 23rd event, United4Defense is proud to welcome acclaimed local speaker and veteran, Bob Kinder. Bob’s twenty years of experience in both the US Air Force and Army Special Operations has made him an expert on America’s most critical security issues today. As co-founder of United4Defense, Katie Shea states, “We’re so excited to have Bob Kinder as our next presenter for United4Defense, he will be educating us on the history of the Joint Special Operations Command and how the counter terror organization was transformed in the age of Al Qaeda as well as the vital role that technology played in this important battle”. As is the case with all their meetings, United4Defense will provide some great local and seasonal food and drinks and all are welcome to join in this networking event with a great presentation and open conversation followed afterwards.

About United4Defense: United4Defense is a networking organization founded in 2012 in Cambridge, Massachusetts by a group of professionals dedicated to the promotion of innovation within the defense industry. United4Defense aims to build long-lasting connections between big businesses and small start-ups in the defense industry that otherwise might not have the opportunity to meet and to cultivate an inclusive culture of education, collaboration and innovation. United4Defense meets monthly at the CIC building in Kendall Square; to stay up to date on all their future events please visit their website:
Contact: Katie Shea, co-founder, United4Defense: u4dboston(at)gmail(dot)com

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U4D September Event Recap: Cyber Security Education



We had a great time with our guest speaker, Professor Mike Ahern of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Mike discussed with us the importance of education and proper training of employees to proactively combat detrimental security risks to companies. Our diverse group gathered over authentic southern cuisine, wine, and a fantastic view of Cambridge to network and share experiences, and knowledge on what is a rapidly growing concern for companies in the technologically savvy society we live in. Check out our photos to see all the fun we had! If you missed this event please catch us at our next one October 23rd at 6pm and every third Thursday of the month! For more information and to pre-register for our next event please contact us at!

U4D Will be Back in September!

Happy Summer everyone,

We’ll be back with some more great events with cool technology, great speakers, and of course delicious food on Thursday, September 18th! As always, the event will be held at the CIC building in Kendall Square, 14th Floor. We’ll be sending out more detailed info in the coming weeks regarding the speaker and topic as well as invites, so be sure to stayed tune!

Thanks for your continued support, we look forward to seeing everyone in September!

-United4Defense Team

Second Annual Innovation Fair a Success!

We’d like to once again, thank all of our 2014 Innovation Fair sponsors, exhibiting companies, and attendees who made this year’s event truly a success! The Venture Cafe at the CIC building set the stage for a great night filled with new and exciting innovation from local defense technology start ups, engaging conversations and meaningful connections, amazing Thai food and cold beverages and even a surprise guest appearance by Congressman Patrick McHenry from North Carolina.

Please enjoy and re-live the night by watching our short Innovation Fair Wrap up Video! We’re already looking forward to next year’s!


U4D’s Annual Innovation Fair!

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Please join us for our Annual Innovation Fair Wednesday, JUNE 4TH from 6-8pm at the CIC Building’s Venture Cafe! Brought to you this year by our generous sponsors: NDIA New England, BattelleBoston Engineering, Canadian Consulate of Boston, and HGH Infrared Systems.

We will have 10 innovative, local, defense companies who will showcase their pioneering technologies. Exhibiting companies will include: Aurora Flight Sciences, BlueFin Robotics, XCube, Interactive Tactical Group, HGH Infrared Systems, and Axiom Optics.

Prior to the Fair, there will be an exciting opportunity for attendees to meet and talk with Michael Kuhlman, Ph.D for Battelle National Security from 5-6 PM at the CIC’s 14th floor, Charles meeting room.

Following United4Defense’s creed, attendance will be free and some great local food and beverages will be provided.

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