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.


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.

Idea Lightbulb

Our Work

Software Acquisition and Practices (SWAP) Study

The Road to Zero Trust (Security)

The 5G Ecosystem: Risks & Opportunities for DoD

AI Principles Project

3D Glasses

Join Our Newsletter

Sign up and be the first to get notified on news updates.

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
Daniela Rus Professor and CSAIL Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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
Kurt DelBene Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Microsoft
Mark Sirangelo Entrepreneur Scholar in Residence, University of Colorado
Marne Levine Vice President of Global Partnerships and Business Development, Facebook
Mary "Missy" Cummings Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University
Michael McQuade Vice President for Research, Carnegie Mellon University
Milo Medin Vice President, Wireless Services, Google
Neil deGrasse Tyson Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History New York City
Reid Hoffman Co-founder, LinkedIn & 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.

Video by Courtesy
Defense Innovation Board Holds Quarterly Public Meeting
March 5, 2020 | 01:25:03
The Defense Innovation Board holds a quarterly public meeting at Capital Factory, Austin, Texas, March 5, 2020. The board is an independent federal committee that advises the secretary of defense on issues that focus on people and culture, technology and capabilities, and practices and operations.