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DoD's Office of Strategic Capital: Attracting and Scaling Private Capital in Support of National Security

March 17, 2023 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Please join the CSIS Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group as Director Dr. Cynthia Cook sits down for a discussion with Dr. Jason Rathje, Director of the DoD's Office of Strategic Capital (OSC). They will discuss the mission of the OSC, the role of the DoD in supporting innovation, and long term investments to safeguard America's supply chains. 

Dr. Jason Rathje currently serves as the Director of the Office of Strategic Capital in the U.S. Department of Defense. OSC’s mission is to attract and scale private capital in support of national security. OSC’s current focus is on the development and implementation of new financial tools to increase public-private investment in our Nation’s enabling and frontier technologies.

From 2019 to 2022, Dr. Rathje served as Director and Co-founder of AFVentures, the Department of the Air Force’s Commercial Investment Arm under AFWERX. In that role, he managed $1.8B of combined government funding and private capital for scaling early to mid-stage technology ventures to support Air Force operations.

Dr. Rathje holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Strategy and Policy from Stanford University, as well as a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering from MIT.

This event is made possible by general support to the CSIS Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group. 

Contact Information

Cynthia Cook
Director, Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group and Senior Fellow, International Security Program
Dr. Jason Rathje

Dr. Jason Rathje

Director of the Office of Strategic Capital