Our Mission

The mission of the Board is to examine and provide the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense independent advice and recommendations on innovative means to address future challenges in terms of integrated change to organizational structure and processes, business and functional concepts, and technology applications.

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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, Executive Chairman of 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.

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


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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