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) harnesses the experiences and ideas of its members to provide independent advice to the Secretary of Defense and other senior leaders on catalyzing innovation in DoD. Recruited specifically for their expertise outside the Department, DIB members are uniquely positioned to propose creative solutions to the structural, technological, and workforce challenges DoD faces - and provide U.S. warfighters and civilians with the solutions they need to achieve the mission. 

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Meet the Board

The DIB members are distinguished leaders with a track record of leading large, innovative organizations or conducting groundbreaking research in technical areas relevant to DoD. Dr. Eric Schmidt, former Executive Chairman of Alphabet, Inc., chairs the DIB, whose members include prominent business leaders, 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, Wireless Services, Google
Neil deGrasse Tyson Director, Hayden Planetarium
Reid Hoffman Co-founder, Linked-In & Partner, Greylock Partners
Richard Murray Professor, California Institute of Technology
Walter Isaacson Former President and CEO, Aspen Institute


DIB Members believe in gathering data firsthand by traveling to military facilities, bases, and commands both within and outside of the U.S. to hear from warfighters at the tactical edge. The DIB aims to understand their challenges, learn what they’re doing to overcome them, and offer advice on how to achieve their mission. The DIB has visited more than fifty locations across the U.S., aboard ships afloat, and throughout nine other countries, and interviewing hundreds of service members from junior enlisted to four-star general and flag officers.

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⚡ Live: Board Deliberation on Metrics for Software Development and Acquisition Programs #SWAP Join Us: https://innovation.defense.gov/Meetings/ ✅ Defense Innovation Board Metrics for Software Development: https://media.defense.gov/2018/Jul/10/2001940937/-1/-1/0/DIB_METRICS_FOR_SOFTWARE_DEVELOPMENT_V0.9_2018.07.10.PDF
✅Here we go! We are LIVE from Defense Innovation Unit Experimental - DIUx in Mountain View, CA for the #DefenseInnovationBoard Public Meeting - Join us! https://innovation.defense.gov/Meetings/ #innovation #AI #QuantumScience
⚡️ Tune In TODAY at 2:30PM PT for the #DefenseInnovationBoard Public Meeting! This meeting will feature a presentation on the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) new Joint #AI Center (JAIC) by Defense Innovation Unit Experimental - DIUx head of #machinelearning - Brendan McCord. #DoD ✅Livestream: https://innovation.defense.gov/Meetings/
5⃣Day Countdown: Join us in-person or virtually for the upcoming Defense Innovation Board Public Meeting on Wednesday, July 11th from 2:30-5:00 PM PT at Defense Innovation Unit Experimental - DIUx Silicon Valley! #innovation #defense ✅RSVP Today: https://innovation.defense.gov/Meetings/
📍ICYMI: The Defense Innovation Board completed a research trip to Europe in May in support of the U.S. National Defense Strategy by engaging with #UK and #NATO allies and combatant command partners. #Defense #COCOM ➡️Learn More: https://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2018-National-Defense-Strategy-Summary.pdf Day 1: The Defense Innovation Board kicked off their fact-finding trip with a day-long visit at the Ministry of Defence. The DIB learned about the UK's innovation ecosystem and met with their Defence External Advisory Panel to discuss shared challenges and how the #MOD and #DOD can work together to promote innovation in technologies, organizational practices, and people and culture. Day 2: The #DefenseInnovationBoard visited Brussels for another day of learning at NATO. The Board heard from #NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller ‏and staff about the need for innovation and ongoing efforts to optimize collaboration across the Alliance. Day 3-4: On the final leg of the trip, the Board visited Stuttgart for day-long (and evening!) engagements with U.S. European Command (EUCOM) and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). These visits complement previous combatant command engagements as the Board continues to research and analyze DoD-wide challenges and opportunities for innovation. ✅RECAP: These discussions greatly influence the recommendations put forth by the #DefenseInnovationBoard in their mission to catalyze #innovation across #DOD. ➡️Learn More: https://innovation.defense.gov/Recommendations/
📌 The Defense Innovation Board will deliberate on: 1. Building #innovation capacity among allies and partners 2. Metrics for #softwaredevelopment and #acquisition programs from the #SWAP study 3. Development and deployment of emerging technologies #DoD ✅RSVP: https://innovation.defense.gov/Meetings/
9⃣ Day Countdown: We’re excited to host the next #DefenseInnovationBoard Public Meeting at Defense Innovation Unit Experimental - DIUx in #SiliconValley! #Defense #DoD #Innovation ✅ RSVP by Friday: https://innovation.defense.gov/Meetings/
📽️ICYMI: Watch the April 26, 2018 #DefenseInnovationBoard Public Meeting at the @broadinstitute in Cambridge, MA! #software #DoD #Innovation #Defense https://www.dvidshub.net/video/596626/defense-innovation-board-holds-public-meeting
⚡️Tune In: We go LIVE in 15 minutes from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, MA for the quarterly #DefenseInnovationBoard Public Meeting: http://innovation.defense.gov/Meetings/
⚡️ Tune In TODAY at 2:30PM ET for the #DefenseInnovationBoard Public Meeting in #Cambridge, MA at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard: http://innovation.defense.gov/Meetings/
⚡️Tune In Tomorrow: Defense Innovation Board Public Meeting : http://innovation.defense.gov/Meetings/ #Innovation #DoD #Defense
⚡️RSVP Today: #DefenseInnovationBoard consists of U.S. industry and academic leaders known for their #innovative invention, application of technologies, and for fostering creative organizational cultures that deliver products and services with global impacts." target="_blank">http://innovation.defense.gov/Meetings/ The #DefenseInnovationBoard consists of U.S. industry and academic leaders known for their #innovative invention, application of technologies, and for fostering creative organizational cultures that deliver products and services with global impacts.
6⃣ Day Countdown: RSVPs are "first come, first served" for the #DefenseInnovationBoard Public Meeting NEXT Thursday at @broadinstitute! ✅RSVP by Monday: http://innovation.defense.gov/Meetings/
&#127897;️ATTN: #Boston #Cambridge Innovation Community: The #DefenseInnovationBoard meeting will be open to the public in Cambridge, MA next Thursday! RSVP Today: #tech #startup #DoD" target="_blank">http://innovation.defense.gov/Meetings/ #tech #startup #DoD</a>
ICYMI: The #DefenseInnovationBoard is part of the larger, emerging innovation ecosystem at U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). It works closely with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental - DIUx, Defense Digital Service, service members, and civilians across #DoD looking to bring #innovation and #entrepreneurship to the Department.
1️⃣0️⃣ Day Countdown: Join the #DefenseInnovationBoard NEXT week for the Public Meeting in person or via livestream in Cambridge, MA on April 26th! #innovation #DoD RSVP by 4/23: http://innovation.defense.gov/Meetings/
⚡️We&#39;re excited to host this #DefenseInnovationBoard Public Meeting in one of the world&#39;s top #innovation hubs and highlight opportunities for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to tap into the incredible intellectual power and #entrepreneurial spirit of the #Boston #Cambridge area! RSVP: http://innovation.defense.gov/Meetings/
📢 Upcoming #DefenseInnovationBoard Public Meeting on October 10th at @SAISHopkins in Washington, D.C.! #innovationhttps://t.co/TTjSM5Y54x
📍ICYMI: @InnovationBoard members and senior military leaders visited @9thRW to "learn first-hand about unit-level s… https://t.co/hPS9Dr6UbG
RT @SpaceNews_Inc: Pentagon sees quantum computing as key weapon for war in space https://t.co/9VABPFXseW https://t.co/3YgtjEiwY9
RT @ctovision: The Defense Innovation Board Provides Insights Actionable By Government and Industry Technologists https://t.co/P4FJP3wwhA h…
RT @natlawreview: Covington #Artificial Intelligence Update: #Department of Defense Establishes #Joint Artificial Intelligence Center https…
RT @AFResearchLab: Dr. Michael Hayduk of the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) discusses ways the @DeptofDefense may use #quantum #science #tec
RT @ExecutiveGov: Defense Innovation Board propose alternative metrics for @DeptofDefense software development activities #GovCon https://t…
RT @fedscoop: Defense Innovation Board proposes new metrics for assessing DOD software development https://t.co/JHGpcKtYAZ by @TajhaLanier
RT @mbrendan1: Announcing #JAIC to @ericschmidt and @InnovationBoard, I highlighted a linkage to our military’s fundamental role, which is…
RT @DIU_x: This week, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental - DIUx hosted the Defense Innovation Board for its quarterly meeting. DIUx lead…
RT @DIU_x: 4 themes for Joint #AI Center: translate tech to decisions & impact; evolve our partnerships with industry, academia, allies,…
“We’re in the midst of an exciting and crucial time in the development of AI.” Brendan McCord, ⁦@DIU_x⁩, as he talk… https://t.co/v1zjggogpT
RT @DIU_x: Joint #AI Center unveil: #AI can impact almost every corner of the @DeptofDefense , from maintaining equipment, perceiving our e…
Dr. Michael Hayduk of @AFResearchLab detailed 4 areas of Quantum Information Science: 1⃣ Timing 2⃣ Sensing 3⃣ Comm… https://t.co/0jn7QeFxSh
⚡️ Live: Dr. Michael Hayduk, Chief, Computing and Communications Division of ⁦@AFResearchLab⁩ presenting on Quantum… https://t.co/HDit72KxZa
RT @govfresh: LIVE NOW: Defense Innovation Board Public Meeting (@DIU_x @DeptofDefense) https://t.co/9wSPyPOUYF
⚡ Live: Board Deliberation on Metrics for Software Development and Acquisition Programs #SWAP Join Us:… https://t.co/xEsqG1kqXc
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