Defense Innovation Board

Secretary Carter charted the Defense Innovation Board (DIB) with some of the brightest technology leaders to “push the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box, and be more open to new ideas and new partnerships that can help our military remain what it is today. I created the DIB earlier this year to advise me … how we can keep growing more competitive …particularly by keeping DoD imbued with a culture of innovation in people, practices, organizations and technology.”


The DIB is chaired by Eric Schmidt of Alphabet, with Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn, Ret. ADM McRaven of USSOCOM, Eric Lander of MIT, among others (see below for full list). The Board discuss their initial observations and recommendations on how to expand and advance innovation across the DoD at a public hearing in the Pentagon yesterday.

The Defense Innovation Board includes:

  • Eric Schmidt, Alphabet
  • Jeff Bezos, the CEO and chairman of Amazon
  • Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn
  • Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute
  • Retired Adm. William McRaven, former USSOCOM commander
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist
  • Marne Levine, COO at Instagram
  • Cass Sunstein, Harvard Law School professor
  • Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America
  • Adam Grant, a professor at the Wharton School of Business
  • Danny Hillis, a computer theorist and co-founder of Applied Inventions
  • Eric Lander, president of the Broad Institute of the MIT and Harvard
  • Michael McQuade, SVP for science and technology at United Technologies
  • Milo Medin, VP of Access Services, Google Capital
  • Richard Murray, Professor at the California Institute of Technology
  • Josh Marcuse, DIB Executive Director from DoD

The board is tasked to provide SECDEF findings and recommendations to:

  1. Promoting innovative practices and culture in the conventional forces;
  2. barriers to innovation and collaboration in the civilian workforce;
  3. barriers to information sharing and the processing, exploitation, dissemination, and interoperability of data;
  4. enabling workforce-driven innovation using crowdsourcing methodologies and techniques;
  5. the lack of adequate organic capability and capacity for software development and rapid prototyping of software solutions;
  6. approaches to increasing collaboration with entities outside the federal government;
  7. recommendations on how to improve the digital infrastructure that supports command and control;
  8. streamlining of rapid fielding processes, particularly for unmanned systems;
  9. the lack of a dedicated computer science core in the workforce; and
  10. potential application of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, autonomy, and man-machine teaming.

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