Our Mission

Catalyze Innovation Across the Department

The mission of the Defense Innovation Board is to provide the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and other senior leaders across the Department with independent advice and recommendations on innovative means to address future challenges through the prism of three focus areas: people and culture, technology and capabilities, and practices and operations.

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Creative Solutions

The Defense Innovation Board (DIB) has an unprecedented opportunity to harness the experience and ideas of its members to provide independent advice to the Secretary of Defense on identifying and achieving long-needed reform within DoD. Recruited specifically for their expertise outside the military environment, DIB members are uniquely positioned to propose creative solutions to the structural, operational, technological, and workforce challenges DoD faces – and provide U.S. warfighters and personnel supporting them with the solutions they need to achieve the DoD mission. 

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Meet the Board

Members of the DIB are outstanding leaders who have a track record of leading large, innovative organizations, have led transformative change in government, or are experts on the types of challenges DoD faces. Eric Schmidt, Technical Advisor for Alphabet, Inc., chairs the DIB, whose members include business, civil society, and ex-military leaders, as well as prominent scholars, entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, and technologists.

Adam M. Grant Professor, Wharton School of Business
Danny Hillis Computer Theorist & Co-Founder, Applied Inventions
Eric Lander President and Founding Director, The Broad Institute
Eric Schmidt Technical Advisor, Alphabet, Inc
Jennifer Pahlka Founder & Executive Director, Code for America
Marne Levine Chief Operating Officer, Instagram
Michael McQuade Former SVP Science and Technology, United Technologies
Milo Medin Vice President, Access Services, Google Capital
Neil deGrasse Tyson Director, Hayden Planetarium
Reid Hoffman Co-founder, Linked-In & Partner, Greylock Partners
Richard Murray Professor, California Institute of Technology
Walter Isaacson President and CEO, Aspen Institute
William H. McRaven Chancellor, The University of Texas System

Discovery

DIB Members believe in gathering data firsthand. They travel to military facilities, bases, and commands both within and outside of the U.S. to hear from officers and enlisted service members across DoD. The DIB aims to understand their challenges, learn what they’re doing to overcome them, and offer advice on how to achieve their mission.

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