ACCELERATED

DEFENSE

 
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We started Anduril to disrupt an antiquated approach to defense; and in doing so, save lives, save taxpayer money, and make the military-industrial complex way less complex.

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Move Fast and Fix Things

Anduril brings a modern product development approach to the defense sector. Our methodology is based in our leadership experience delivering cutting-edge consumer hardware and national security software, leveraging the latest off-the-shelf components with custom engineering to bring products to market faster and more effectively than ever before. This allows us to go from concept to deployment in months, not years.

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Real World Development

Anduril works closely with end users on the front lines of life-and-death operations. This direct collaboration means we can provide rapid solutions to real problems operators discover in the field, cutting through the typical red tape that holds back innovation. And because Anduril self-funds development, we can launch new products faster than a traditional government-dependent contract can even be approved.

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Tools for Tomorrow

We’ve built a world-class R&D facility for next-gen defense, featuring the latest technology for both prototyping and deployment under one roof. This allows hardware and software engineers to experiment and validate in weeks, not years; vastly reducing the time needed to incubate, improve, and iterate new products.

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AI DEFENSE

Anduril applies artificial intelligence in real world field conditions. That means our Sentry Towers and Ghost UAS are currently deployed in diverse locations actively disrupting criminal cartels and protecting military bases.

Anduril is not a research lab, but a technology product company. We never stop brainstorming – and then producing creative and practical solutions to the most challenging national security problems.

LEADERSHIP

Brian Schimpf is Co-Founder and CEO of Anduril Industries. Previously, Brian was Director of Engineering at Palantir Technologies, where he led a large engineering organization developing and deploying data integration and analysis products. He served numerous domestic and international government organizations across the intelligence, defense, and law enforcement sectors.

Previously, Brian was the Founder and Lead of Cornell University’s autonomous vehicle research program where his teams competed in DARPA’s Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge. Brian graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering.

Brian Schimpf

Palmer Luckey is the Founder of Anduril Industries. He is also the designer of the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display, and the founder of Oculus VR.

Frustrated with the inadequacy and high cost of the existing HMDs on the market, Palmer began experimenting with his own designs in 2009 at the age of 16. In 2012, he formed Oculus VR, which was acquired two years later by Facebook for $2.3b.

Palmer began attending Golden West College and Long Beach City College at the age of 14, and studied at California State University, Long Beach before dropping out to found Oculus VR.

His deep interest in defense technology was driven by his time at the USC ICT MxR lab, where he built hardware used to research immersive PTSD treatment for US veterans. He continued to support various military applications of VR during his time at Oculus, informing his belief that radical modernization of US military technology is a prerequisite for preserving our way of life.

Palmer Luckey

Trae Stephens is Co-Founder and Chairman of Anduril Industries, and additionally a Partner at Founders Fund.

Trae was a senior in high school on 9/11 and was inspired to attend Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service focusing on Arabic and Security Studies, later serving as a computational linguist building enterprise solutions to Arabic/Persian name matching and data enrichment within the United States Intelligence Community.

After his time in the Intelligence Community, Trae joined as an early employee at Palantir Technologies, where he led teams focused on growth in the intelligence/defense space as well as international expansion, helping large organizations solve their hardest data analysis problems. He was also an integral part of the product team, leading the design and strategy for new product offerings. He simultaneously served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University.

Trae has also served in the office of then Congressman Rob Portman and in the Political Affairs Office at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C. immediately following the installation of Hamid Karzai’s transitional government.

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Matt Grimm is Co-Founder and COO of Anduril Industries.

Matt was profoundly moved by the tragedy wrought on his community and many others around the world by the attacks of 9/11. It was then that he decided to combine his passion for building with a deep sense of mission to further the country's national defense—a career path that ultimately led him to co-found Anduril.

While classmates at Cornell University, Matt co-founded with Brian Schimpf the university's autonomous vehicle entry into the DARPA Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge competitions. He graduated from Cornell with both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering.

After consulting for the Department of Defense at Booz Allen Hamilton, Matt was an early hire at Palantir. In this role, he deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan to ensure U.S. forces had the best technology for the mission. Matt co-founded Anduril after some time working in venture capital in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He lives in Orange County, California with his wife and two children.

Matt Grimm

 

Joe Chen is a Co-Founder of Anduril Industries.

After 10 years in engineering and product development, Joseph enlisted in the US Army National Guard to serve his country and community as a paratrooper in the 1-143rd Infantry Battalion (Airborne).

Joseph was one of the first employees at Oculus VR, where he contributed to hardware development as Product Lead and led non-gaming developer relations. Previously, he worked on augmented reality technology at Epson. After Oculus, he continued to develop VR content, focusing on new camera technologies and capture techniques.

Joseph earned a Bachelor of Arts in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

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Matthew Steckman is Head of Corporate and Government Affairs for Anduril Industries. He is responsible for new business and customer success across US and international government and the private sector.

Prior to Anduril, Matt served as Chief Revenue Officer for Zipline International, the world’s first drone delivery company focusing on medical and blood products. He divided his time between the US and emerging markets and forged a first-of-its-kind partnership with the US government to provide Zipline’s lifesaving service to rural communities.

At Palantir Technologies, Matt held several leadership positions, running internal business operations and owning relationships with the company's largest customers. This included growing Palantir’s collaboration with the US defense and intelligence communities and expanding business in the financial and energy sectors.

Matt holds degrees in Computer Science and International Affairs from Georgetown University. He and his wife live in the Washington, DC area.

Matthew Steckman

 

Christian Brose is Head of Strategy for Anduril Industries. He is responsible for prioritizing business investments and positioning the company to build technologies that solve the most important defense problems.

Prior to Anduril, Chris spent 14 years in public service. From 2015 to 2018, he was the staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee, where he developed strategies and led teams that oversaw the national defense program, the confirmations of military and civilian defense leaders, and the production of four National Defense Authorization Acts that passed with large bipartisan majorities. During his tenure, the Committee conceived and delivered landmark reforms to defense strategy, personnel, procurement, and technology policy.

Chris served previously as the national security advisor to Senator John McCain for five years and as a member of the State Department Policy Planning Staff, where he worked for four years as policy advisor and chief speechwriter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He began his government service career as a speechwriter to Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Chris studied political science at Kenyon College and international economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group. He splits his time between Washington, DC and Orange County, California.

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