6K, North Andover, Massachusetts, USA, a developer of microwave plasma technology for the production of advanced materials, has announced that Dr Joe Felter, former senior US Department of Defense official, has joined 6K’s advisory board.
It is expected that Dr Felter will guide 6K’s strategy in working with the US Department of Defense and other US Federal agencies for the innovation and deployment of advanced materials products to support the national interest of the US.
“We are honoured to have Dr Felter join the 6K team as part of our advisory board. 6K has a unique technology that not only addresses scarcity of strategic materials and reduces our dependence on foreign imports, but, for the first time, enables domestic production of advanced materials typically produced overseas due to our dramatic reduction in production costs and ability to produce in an environmentally-sustainable way,” explained Dr Aaron Bent, CEO for 6K.
“Dr Felter’s speciality with issues of national security strategy and deep relationships in Washington are invaluable not only to guide 6K, but to maximise deployment in a way that enhances the mission of the United States,” concluded Bent.
Dr Felter is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia. He is currently a William J Perry Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Dr Felter is co-creator of “Hacking for Defense”, an innovation-focused defence curriculum he helped develop and pilot at Stanford, now sponsored by the Department of Defense and taught at over 50 universities across the country.
“Strategic materials are becoming increasingly pivotal to the national interests of the United States, and 6K continues to prove its unique capability to address these needs, with examples like its recent Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) contract to recover and upcycle materials for defence applications from domestic sources of supply,” commented Dr Felter. “The recent pandemic has shown the need to strengthen control of supply chains and create domestic sourcing. 6K can do this across numerous important areas including batteries for energy independence and critical alloys for aircraft and weapons platforms. I am extremely enthusiastic to join 6K’s advisory board and help the company to advance its efforts both in Washington and with strategic suppliers.”
6K has also reported a strategic partnership with Relativity Space to develop AM rocket parts for space made from 6K sustainable materials. The company also recently announced a $1 Million DLA phase II award to establish a domestic capability to recover and convert critical metals from defence scrap into premium Additive Manufacturing powder.