I've always been particularly intrigued by the defense industry in general amongst many other industries as I have a pretty strong entrepreneurial spirit since I was a kid, starting my first website that made several hundred dollars in profit in 8th grade. Now I'm a junior in college studying comp. sci and mathematics however I also run an online electronics business on the side. However, I am always eager to work on new startups and I was thinking down the road about getting into the defense industry. Right now I have a lot on my plate but I am a person who thinks long term so I have a few questions for the audience here at onstartups:
The weapons/defense/military industry is pretty private, and its much more complex than starting any old online business nowadays where information is readily available, how can I go about learning more about this industry?
I have no friends/connections to anyone in the industry either but all I know is I like the chemistry behind explosives, rockets, and I like computer science/programming (I've only learned Python so far though, working on C++ next). How could I apply those things to something related to the defense industry? Since I'm not an expert on chemistry I was thinking maybe I could work somewhere I can provide help in satellites/security networks-infrastructure/or drones-missile guidance systems?
I know from past business/startup experience that in order to create a successful business you must address an issue or problem that industry is having, however, I don't know enough about the industry itself to even figure out what problems need solving..any pointers in the right direction are appreciated.