Adam Jay Harrison
Command Innovation Officer
S&ET Division Executive Breakfast
Adam Jay Harrison is the John R. Boyd National Security Innovation Fellow at New York University (NYU) and the Command Innovation Officer of the United States Army Futures Command. He previously served as the Director of the MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Mr. Harrison is a long-time national security innovation leader, having led (2003-2006) one of the first rapid acquisition organizations established by the Department of Defense in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Under his leadership, the U.S. Army Technical Operations Support Activity earned an unprecedented three consecutive Army Greatest Invention awards (2004-2006) for delivering life-saving solutions to the front lines of conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world.In 2006, Mr. Harrison founded Mav6, LLC, a company recognized by Inc. magazine for three consecutive years (2010-2012) as one of the fastest growing defense technology firms in the U.S. At Mav6, he led the development of the M1400 airship, the largest unmanned aircraft ever flown – a product recognized in 2011 by Popular Science Magazine as a top 100 innovation of the year. In 2012, Ernst and Young named Jay “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the Gulf Coast region.
In 2015, Mr. Harrison led a distinguished group of academic, business, and government leaders in a summer study effort at NYU called “National Security Technology Accelerator: A Plan for Civil-Military Industry Innovation.” The study investigated novel approaches to position the Department of Defense as a platform for catalyzing the creation of high-tech startup businesses serving the national security interest. The Department of Defense adopted the recommendations set forth in the summer study in 2016 resulting in the creation of the MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator.
Mr. Harrison holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Memphis, MS degrees from the University of Florida in Nuclear Engineering and Aerospace Engineering, and an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He is a graduate of the National Intelligence University and is a PhD candidate at NYU.