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. The DIB makes its proposals through the prism of three major challenge sets: people and culture; technology and capabilities; and practices and operations. Recommendations are designed to be concise, actionable, high-impact, and swiftly delivered.
The DIB is part of the larger, emerging innovation ecosystem at DoD. It works closely with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), the Defense Digital Service (DDS), and with service members and civilians across DoD looking to bring innovation and entrepreneurship to the Department.
Some of the foremost topics include artificial intelligence and machine learning, software workforce capacity building, hiring and retention of I+STEM talent, acquisition reform, communication networks, IT infrastructure, and working with the tech industry.