The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the United States Cyber Command.

The school said the agreement will provide new opportunities for research and collaboration, adding that this partnership is set to “transform the landscape of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity through collaborative education and research.”

UMKC said it is the first university in the country to sign a cooperative research and development agreement with the United States Cyber Command. This partnership is also only the second to be signed by the command overall.

“This partnership represents a key milestone in demonstrating the technical relevance of UMKC and the Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy’s (MIDE) faculty, staff, and students,” said Travis Fields, Ph.D., interim director of MIDE. “We are excited to work on research and development cyber solutions for the Department of Defense.”

UMKC has also entered into an Educational Partnership Agreement with the United States Cyber Command. The agreement aims to provide UMKC students with access to internships, guest lectures, and state-of-the-art research facilities. UMKC said it is “excited to play a key role in training future leaders of the AI and cybersecurity workforce.”

The school said the collaborative efforts are expected to lead to the development of advanced solutions to tackle complex cybersecurity challenges, benefiting both national security interests and the broader field of technology.

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