General Partner & Co-founder
The Outpost & Dual Tech Ventures
David B. Harden is currently General Partner & Co-founder for The Outpost & Dual Tech Ventures, a new innovation approach to dual use venture capital, business development and Opportunity Zone job acceleration. Previously he was Chief Operating Officer and Architect for AFWERX, the Air Force’s enterprise approach to innovation that builds a community to maximize interactions with innovators, academia, businesses & airmen. He was also Chief of Strategic Prioritization at the Pentagon, building and executing a strategic prioritization framework for the Air Force to create better decision-making information for its 30-year, multi-trillion dollar strategic plan. Prior, Dave had strategic and P&L oversight of Melwood’s $80M, 1500 person operations, corporate activities, contract services, and community services, providing opportunities for people with disabilities. With solid government, military and business relationships, he is a results oriented senior leader and operator with over 25 years of organizational improvement experience; managing, training, and mentoring cross-functional, cross-cultural, high-performance teams. Dave is an entrepreneur, husband, and father of four kids. He was also previously GM and COO for Southeastern Petroleum, managing the used motor oil re-refining operations for 5 million gallons per year. Prior to that he was CEO and Director of Energy City, a venture attracting, nurturing, and developing recycling and alternative energy companies. Dave led rubber manufacturing and tire recycling at their 100,000 sq. ft. facility with nearly 50,000,000 lbs. of finished rubber manufacturing products produced per annum. Dave has led a multi-million dollar data technology company and is a frequently requested speaker and writer on innovation, strategic thinking and intellectual capital management. He has helped companies save over $360 million leveraging intellectual capital assets—including strategic training for organizations from the World Health Organization in the public sector to United Occidental Petroleum, Shell, BP and Halliburton in the energy sector. Dave is currently working on his next book, but previously co-authored Continuity Management: Preserving Corporate Knowledge and Productivity When Employees Leave and his writings have been in numerous publications to include the Journal of Organizational Excellence. He earned his BS in electrical engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Masters in Business Administration/Organizational Management at The George Washington University, Washington, DC. He is a certified business and executive coach with a specialization in Design Thinking and Innovation from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia (UVA) and holds an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Interestingly, he also piloted the $225 million, technologically advanced C-17, and has over 4,000 flight hours, including significant combat time in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo. He has developed U.S. Presidential statements on policy to the United Nations and NATO, served at the Pentagon, appeared on CNN, and was selected as an International Who's Who for Public Service in 2002. He previously served on the Board of Trustees for The Heritage Place, providing family style home life for disadvantaged kids. Dave was a nominee for the Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award. He was also President of Wounded Warrior Corps, founded in Charleston, SC, dedicated to jobs creation for our veterans and wounded warriors. He is committed to jobs creation, particularly veterans, and the transformative nature of helping others achieve excellence, no matter their personal challenges.