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/
RT @Nextgov: Defense innovation board to explore the ethics of AI in war, @Federal_IT reports: https://t.co/vO10wmFIQP https://t.co/QcCP8Mr…
RT @ExecutiveGov: Defense Innovation Board to Establish AI Ethical Practices; Joshua Marcuse Quoted https://t.co/g4Rf0vELrR
RT @fedscoop: The Defense Innovation Board wants to help the military recognize "agile BS" https://t.co/aRFpIRV89F by @TajhaLanier https:/…
RT @aiethicsco: Defense Innovation Board to Explore the Ethics of #AI in War https://t.co/JK9TKQPqFz #AIEthics #AICodeofEthics #Responsible
RT @MeriTalk: The @InnovationBoard is not mincing words when it comes to projects hiding behind the #agiledev banner without adopting the p…
RT @DukeinDC: Congrats to @DukeU prof @missy_cummings on her appointment to the DOD @Innovationboard! Great public meeting today about the…
RT @pahlkadot: Pls give feedback on this doc! https://t.co/w62VU1LkBs
RT @SAISHopkins: Happening Now: The Defense @InnovationBoard Public Meeting. Watch it Live: https://t.co/001z07blKp https://t.co/dWFzOvkENC
"The DoD must transition its IT to current industry standards (e.g., distributed databases, abundant compute, bandw… https://t.co/RsUraQnxb4
➡️ Is your development environment holding you back? Check out the Defense Innovation Board Guide for the Acquisiti… https://t.co/mZ356dBz05
Detecting Agile BS: "Provide guidance to DoD program executives and acquisition professionals on how to detect soft… https://t.co/eABANmwznj
“We need to move away from a one size fits all approach to acquisition” - DIB's Do's and Don'ts on Software Read… https://t.co/VYoNJOa40H
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast each and every day.” Major Justin Ellsworth of the @usairforce discusses recru… https://t.co/AuLgVSLh1j
Ms. Jane Rathbun, Deputy Director for Defense Business for DASD C3CB , delivers an update on the need to fix planni… https://t.co/r78uMXMxnq
“Data doesn’t care, it doesn’t have feelings, doesn’t make decisions...humans do.” Ms. Philomena Zimmerman, Deputy… https://t.co/XU4EhYfC1M
Dr. Amy Henninger delivers her expert presentation from the SWAP Study Testing & Evaluation Subgroup - explains sco… https://t.co/MHVAjmFVDb
Mr. Leo Garciga, Chief Technology Officer at Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO) explains the need t… https://t.co/m9tH0BfTaf
Dr. Jeff Boleng, Special Assistant for Software Acquisition at #DoD provides an expert presentation on the SWAP Stu… https://t.co/cQS31eATIJ
"Supply #DoD leaders with data driven insights that answer critical business questions." Mr. Michael Conlin, Chief… https://t.co/QBVHGprasJ
Dr. Andrew Lohn at @RANDCorporation and Professor of Public Policy at the Pardee RAND Graduate School delivers his… https://t.co/PulB7NV6mA
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