Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) Gets a New Leader

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October 1, 2018 | Originally published by Date Line: October 1 on

Former Symantec CEO Michael Brown is stepping into the Defense Innovation Unit’s top role, the agency announced Sept. 24.

Brown’s appointment concludes a seven-month search after former managing director Raj Shah stepped down in February, and comes weeks after the agency changed its name from Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) in August.

So far, DIU has awarded 81 prototyping contracts, 13 of which are being used by military members. Brown intends to build on that progress.

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