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The Defense Innovation Board provides specific recommendations, but does not implement change itself. It identifies and works with “sponsors” inside DoD to take action, creating a sustainable foundation for successful ideas to take hold.

The objective is to bring in new perspectives through recommendations relevant to the private sector and academia, encourages the imagination and critical thinking needed to consider new solutions. This process is rapid, creative, collaborative, and ultimately saves time and money while delivering new concepts at the speed of relevance.

Reports & Recommendations

AI Test, Evaluation, Validation & Verification Information Sheet (September 2020)

Competing for Digital Talent: COVID-19 Lessons Learned (September 2020)

Public Comments for Public Board Meeting (September 2020)

Joint Pathology Center Repository Enhancement (March 2020)

 ‚ÄčAppointing a Department of Defense Chief Digital Engineering Recruitment and Management Officer (March 2020)

AI Principles: Primary Document (October 2019)

AI Principles: Supporting Document (October 2019)

Fully Networked Command, Control & Communications (FNC3) (October 2019)

Zero Trust Architecture Recommendation (October 2019)

Workforce Now: Responding to the Digital Readiness Crisis in Today’s Military (October 2019)

Campaign for an AI Ready Force (October 2019)

The Road to Zero Trust  (July 2019)

The 5G Ecosystem: Risks and Opportunities for  DoD  (April 2019)

DIB AI Principles Public Listening Session  (April 2019)

People and Culture - Recommendation 1: Appoint a Chief Innovation Officer and Build Innovation Capacity in the Workforce (January 2017)

People and Culture - Recommendation 2: Embed Computer Science as a Core Competency of the Department through Recruiting and Training (January 2017)

People and Culture - Recommendation 3: Embrace a Culture of Experimentation Technologies and Capabilities (January 2017)

Technology and Capabilities - Recommendation 4: Assess Cyber Security Vulnerabilities of Advanced Weapons (January 2017)

Technology and Capabilities - Recommendation 5: Catalyze Innovations in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (January 2017)

Technology and Capabilities - Recommendation 6: Expand Use of Available Acquisition Waivers and Exemptions (January 2017)

Technology and Capabilities - Recommendation 7: Increase Investment in New Approaches to Innovation (January 2017)

Practices and Operations - Recommendation 8: Improve DoD Access to Code (January 2017)

Practices and Operations - Recommendation 9: Establish Software Development Teams at Each Major Command (January 2017)

Practices and Operations - Recommendation 10: Make Computing and Bandwidth Abundant (January 2017)

Practices and Operations - Recommendation 11: Reward Bureaucracy Busting and Lower Barriers to Innovation (January 2017)

Practices and Operations - Recommendation 12: Forge New Approach to Data Collection, Sharing, and Analysis (January 2017)

Practices and Operations - Recommendation 13: Design a DoD Fast-Track for Major Technology Initiatives (January 2017)

Practices and Operations - Recommendation 14: Incubate and Execute New Ideas from the Field (January 2017)

 Practices and Operations - Recommendation 15: Create a New I-STEM (Innovation + Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Career Field (January 2017)

Practices and Operations - Recommendation 16: Establish Technology and Innovation Training Program for DoD Senior Leaders (January 2017)

SWAP Report Materials:

SWAP Flyer (2 pages, 5 min read) 

SWAP Executive Summary (15 pages, 30 min read) 

SWAP Main Report (60 pages, 1–2 hour read) 

SWAP Main Report + Implementation Plan (120 pages, 3–4 hours)

SWAP Full Report (250+ pages)

Wait, What?! DoD Access to Source Code (8 pages, 10 min read)

SWAP Vignettes:

Vignette 1 – Implementing Continuous Delivery: The JIDO Approach

Vignette 2 – F22: DevOps on a Hardware Platform

Vignette 3 – Making It Hard to Help: A Self-Denial of Service Attack for the SWAP Study

Vignette 4 – DDS: Fighting the Hiring Process Instead of Our Adversaries

Vignette 5 – Kessel Run: The Future of Defense Acquisitions Is #AgileAF

Vignette 6 – JMS: Seven Signs That Your Software (Program) Is in Trouble

SWAP Concept Papers:

Ten Commandments of Software

Metrics for Software Development

Do’s and Don’ts for Software

Detecting Agile BS

Is Your Development Environment Holding You Back?

Is Your Compute Environment Holding You Back?

Site Visit Observations and Recommendations

How To Justify Your Agile Budget

Supporting Materials

SWAP REPORTS 2020

Section 832 Initial Assessment (March 2020)

Clarification of Source Code (October 2020)

SWAP REPORTS 2019

Primary Recommendation D2 Security Considerations (May 2019)

How to Justify Your Budget When doing DevSecOps  (May 2019)

SWAP Program Visits (May 2019)

DIB-SWAP Study Report [DRAFT] (March 2019)

SWAP Study Vignettes  (March 2019)

DIB-SWAP Study Report: [DRAFT] Main Body (February 2019)

DIB-SWAP Study Report: [DRAFT] Supplementary Docs (February 2019)

TL;DR: One-Page Summary (January 2019)

README: Five-Page Summary (January 2019)

Sec 805 Draft Possible Language (January 2019)

Data & Metrics Subgroup Input (January 2019)

Preliminary Recommendations for Feedback (January 2019)

Appropriations Subgroup Report (January 2019)

SWAP REPORTS 2018

DIB Do’s and Don’ts for Software: Version 0.6, last modified 2 Oct 2018 (October 2018)

DIB Guide: Detecting Agile BS (October 2018)

Defense Innovation Board Case Study Questions (October 2018)

Is Your Development Environment Holding You Back? A DIB Guide for the Acquisition Community (October 2018)

Is Your Compute Environment Holding You Back? A DIB Guide for the Acquisition Community (October 2018)

DIB Do’s and Don’ts for Software: Version 0.7, last modified 1 Nov 2018 (November 2018)

Defense Innovation Board Metrics for Software Development (July 2018)

Defense Innovation Board Ten Commandments of Software (July 2018)