The DIB launched in April 2016 with a two-year, renewable mandate.
The DIB is one of several independent federal advisory committees advising the Secretary of Defense on various issues. Focusing less on long studies and more on rapidly producing action plans and experiments, the DIB makes its proposals through the prism of three major challenges: people and culture; technology and capabilities; and practices and operations.
The DIB is part of the larger, emerging innovation ecosystem at DoD. It works closely with the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), the Defense Digital Services (DDS), and with service members and civilians across DoD looking to bring innovation and entrepreneurship to the Department.
Some of the foremost topics the DIB is exploring include artificial intelligence, machine learning, workforce capacity, organizational structure, hiring and retention strategies, acquisition reform, electronic and drone warfare, software capabilities, and IT infrastructure.