# 39 Gen. Joe Anderson , President & CEO Rafael Systems Global

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In this episode of Building the Base, hosts Lauren Bedula and Hondo Geurts welcome General Joe Anderson, former Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, G-3/5/7, and current President and CEO of Rafael Systems USA, a defense company specializing in advanced defense systems. General Anderson shares his journey into the military, driven by a family tradition of service, and discusses his experiences transitioning from the military to the private sector. 

He emphasizes the challenges of building trust and fostering partnerships between startups and the Department of Defense (DOD). General Anderson highlights the importance of integrating new technologies into existing systems and the need for a more rapid and agile acquisition process. He also addresses the talent shortage in technical fields, suggesting the necessity of investing in education, training, and talent management. 

The episode takes a poignant turn as General Anderson discusses the recent conflict in Israel, expressing the personal and business impacts it has had on him and his colleagues at Rafael Systems USA. The episode sheds light on the complexities of defense industry partnerships, emphasizing the need for flexibility, trust, and adaptability in navigating the ever-changing landscape of military and defense technologies.

Key Takeaways:
  1. Building trust and fostering partnerships between startups and the Department of Defense is essential for the successful integration of new technologies into defense systems.

  2. Rapid and agile acquisition processes are necessary to keep pace with technological advancements and prevent analog devices from becoming obsolete.

  3. The defense industry faces challenges in talent recruitment, requiring investments in education, training, and talent management to attract skilled professionals.

  4. Interoperability and integration are crucial for incorporating new technologies into existing defense systems without adding complexity or compromising functionality.

  5. Recent conflicts, such as the one in Israel, have a profound impact on defense companies, necessitating internal reprioritization and adaptability in response to changing circumstances.

# 39 Gen. Joe Anderson , President & CEO Rafael Systems Global
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