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.

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Our Work

Software Acquisition and Practices (SWAP) Study

The Road to Zero Trust (Security)

The 5G Ecosystem: Risks & Opportunities for DoD

AI Principles Project

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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.

Milo Medin Vice President, Wireless Services, Google
Marne Levine Vice President of Global Partnerships and Business Development, Facebook
Michael McQuade Vice President for Research, Carnegie Mellon University
Eric Schmidt Technical Advisor, Alphabet, Inc
Adam M. Grant Professor, Wharton School of Business
Richard Murray Professor, California Institute of Technology
Mary "Missy" Cummings Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University
Daniela Rus Professor and CSAIL Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Eric Lander President and Founding Director, The Broad Institute
Jennifer Pahlka Founder & Executive Director, Code for America
Walter Isaacson Former President and CEO, Aspen Institute
Mark Sirangelo Entrepreneur Scholar in Residence, University of Colorado
Neil deGrasse Tyson Director, Hayden Planetarium
Danny Hillis Computer Theorist & Co-Founder, Applied Inventions
Reid Hoffman Co-founder, LinkedIn & Partner, Greylock Partners
Kurt DelBene Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Microsoft


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.

The Defense Innovation Board Holds Quarterly Public Meeting at Silicon Valley
Defense Media Activity - Riverside
July 10, 2019 | 02:18:59
The Defense Innovation Board -- an independent federal committee advising the defense secretary on various issues that focus on people and culture, technology and capabilities, and practices and operations -- holds a quarterly public meeting at Silicon Valley, Calif., July 10, 2019. The science and technology subcommittee will present its work on principles for the ethical use of artificial intelligence, the workforce behavior and culture subcommittee will discuss talent management, and the board will receive a progress update on implementation of the recommendations contained in its Software Acquisition and Practices study report. Additionally, Joshua Marcuse will brief the board on the Defense Department’s latest implementation activities related to its recommendations.