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Maj Jason Rathje
AFVentures, Director

Major Jason Rathje is a cofounder of AFVentures and currently serves as its Director. In this function he is responsible for the Air Force’s  commercial investment portfolio, including the management of the  dual-use portion of the AF’s Small Business Innovative Research  (SBIR) budget. He is also responsible for aligning commercial investment with DAF objectives, utilizing market and economic forces to increase the transition rate of commercially funded innovation to the warfighter. During COVID-19, he serves as the Director of the “Rapid” Line of Effort (LOE 4) for the Department of the Air Force’s Acquisition Task Force (DAF ACT), responsible for managing a 182-person team to deliver non-traditional and small business solutions to combat COVID-19.

Maj Rathje received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps after graduating with his Bachelor and Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has served as a Lead Engineer for Aeronautical Systems at both the Armament Directorate and Air Force Research Lab at Eglin AFB, Fla. He has deployed with USSOCOM in support of Operation Enduring Freedom supporting ISR operations. He then served as a flight test engineer for the AC-130W and the AC-130J at USSOCOM Detachment 1, Eglin AFB, Fla. More recently, Maj Rathje served as a Program Manager at Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB), Mass, where he was responsible for Joint Service and Agency programs, including the next generation tactical cloud, custom cyber security solutions, and advanced autonomous systems. 

Prior to his current assignment, Maj Rathje completed his PhD in Strategy and Policy and Stanford University. His research interests lie at the intersection of corporate strategy, innovation, and defense. Specifically, his focus is on the effect of government funding on private firm performance, seeking to answer the question, “Should technology companies work with the government?” His current line of research investigates the impact of defense R&D spending on entrepreneurship in dual-use technology industries. 

Most recently, Maj Rathje was an initial cadre member in the Acquisition Instructor’s Course (AQIC), the acquisition community’s equivalent of USAF Weapons School. During this time, Maj Rathje was responsible for the development and implementation of the first Acquisition Instructor’s course, with the mission of bridging the operational-acquisition gap by bringing tactical acquisition instructorship to the DAF’s acquisition and operational communities.


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Wayne Polatkan
Wayne Polatkan
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Judy Ayala
Judy Ayala
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Mike Grubbs
Mike Grubbs
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Derek Denton
Derek Denton
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Trent Edwards
Trent Edwards
MGMWERX, Director
Lynne O Hamilton
Lynne O Hamilton
Lawelawe Defense, Inc., President
Cullen Jones (He/Him)
Cullen Jones (He/Him)
Microsoft, Sr Startup Lead: National Security Group
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Steve Amos
HealthCode, CEO/Founder
Sergio Gallucci
Sergio Gallucci
SCOUT Inc., CTO
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Todd Kirby
Fluor, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Jerry Ramey
Jerry Ramey
Mobilize VISION, CTO
Ken Droddy
Ken Droddy
Tagup, Director of Business Development
John Chapman
John Chapman
Link to Learn, President
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Activate, VP, Defense Innovation
Matthew Schuler
Matthew Schuler
Saint Industries Inc, Chief Strategy Officer - PCADS HALO
Stephen Ellis (Prime)
Stephen Ellis (Prime)
Air Education and Training Command, Det 62, Learning Coordinator, Agility Prime
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Kara Carlson
Austin American-Statesman, Reporter
Peter Neumann
Peter Neumann
Riverside Research, Mission Engineer
Christopher Pavel
Christopher Pavel
Western Air Defense Sector, BCC Spark Cell, Senior Enlisted Leader
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Randy Groves
Exabyte.io, Business Development Public Sector
Ramon Sellers
Ramon Sellers
Siemens, National Federal Business Manager
Zachary and Levy
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Cognovi Labs, Managing Director
Nelson Salas
Nelson Salas
Grug Group / JetX, Founder
Tom Dougherty
Tom Dougherty
Intelligent Waves, VP software Products
Dave Angeletti
Dave Angeletti
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Jeff Ribel
Jeff Ribel
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