Talal Abu-Ghazaleh: Joint Board for Military Development and Innovation: An Incubator for Inventions and Innovation
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) in cooperation with the Jordan Armed Forces – Arab Army, launched the Joint Board for Military Development and Innovation, in light of the military’s innovative capacity and the significant role of the Armed Forces in theknowledge and technical creativity fields which represent an important environment for inventions.
The establishment of the Board comes in line with the Royal vision on the importance of adapting to technological advancement; therefore, the vision of the Board focuses on introducing the best tools for enhancing the capacities of the Jordan Armed Forces- Arab Army for its transformation into a smart army using high-tech applications. Its main mission is to find appropriate solutions to challenges faced by the Armed Forces and adopting modern technologies that will play a significant role in development and modernization.
The foundation of the Joint Board for Military Development and Innovation aims to institute plans, suggestions and recommendations as well as develop studies to create an innovative, technology-based environment that assembles experts and innovators from the Armed Forces, support creativity and innovation, and make available all required technologies in various military fields and at all military units.
Through its administration and committees, the Board seeks to contribute to the development of the future ICT-based transformation mechanisms of the Armed Forces which have become the crucial element in modern warfare, as well as to propose suggestions and solutions to address challenges.
Members of the Board, chaired by HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, include experts from the civil and military sectors. Sub-committees were established by the Board and heads of committees were selected based on their expertise and specialties. Each sub-committee comprisesmembers proposed by the Armed Forces.
Meanwhile, the Executive Committees including Creativity, Methodology and Turning Inventions into Products committee, work in parallel to collectively achieve the Board’s objectives of creating a suitable environment for creativity. Each committee will work according to its ownmechanism, then it will submit its action plan to the Board.
Outcomes of all committees will eventually be submitted to the Board for examination and finally submitted to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on a regular basis. Recommendations of the Board and executive committees will be followed up through an electronic system that has been developed by TAG-Org’s E-Solutions Department.
Meanwhile, the Organization will establish the Board’s incubator to be equipped in cooperation with the mobile telecommunications companyZain. This non-for-profit incubator will become a scientific research center for creativity where all inventions created will be owned by the Armed Forces with complete discretion to do what it deems appropriate in this regard.
In a press statement, HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, TAG-Org Chairman, expressed his pride at the Armed Forces and the various aspects of cooperation between the Organization and the Armed Forces, noting that we give all credit to this military institution, offering our protectionand securing the required environment for people’s life, work and stability.
Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh affirmed that our Armed Forces are no less to their counterparts in the world in terms of their efficiency, capacities and knowledge and we aim at establishing centers for creativity in the military fields similar to other countries, adding "We have to come up with inventions and I have faith in the capabilities of our leadership and military staff that we are able to invent, innovate and excel so that we could contribute to generating income to the country," noting that creativity is the means for wealth creation, "We will endeavor to establish a creativity oasis to help innovators." Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh pointed out that half of the inventions in the world and in the United Stated in particular are generated by the armed forces which has transformed into a production sector.
“The most important invention in the world is the Internet; a military invention with a value that would exceed trillions of dollars. The Internet is an idea that didn’t need capital, equipment or a facility to be created. Moreover, we as the largest firm in the world in the protection of Intellectual ”.Property Rights; we shall register such inventions free of charge “IPRs is the basis of the European development which they call the driver for economic growth and we are considered pioneers in this field since "we protect inventions then we transform them into commercial products and this is the mission that we will handle as a national duty.
Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh reaffirmed his pride and honor at the Arab Army and security apparatus wishing the Armed Forces- the Arab Army more prosperity and progress under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein.
It’s worth mentioning that the Joint Board for Military Development and Innovation is the outcome of the cooperation agreement signed between the Jordanian Armed Forces - the Arab Army and Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization in 2017 which resulted in the establishment of a number of knowledge stations that will be the main driver for creativity and excellence through specialized training for the support of smarttransformation projects and creation of the necessary infrastructure for creativity.
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