DIUx 2.0: Carter to Shake Up Silicon Valley Outpost

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May 18, 2016 | Originally published by Date Line: May 18 on

DIUx 2.0 “will be a test-bed for new kinds of contracting with startup firms,” according to Carter”s prepared remarks.PALO ALTO, Calif. – Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will announce a major restructuring of the Pentagon”s high-profile Silicon Valley outpost, the Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental.DIUx was created in April 2015 to serve as a bridge between the Pentagon procurement bureaucracy and entrepreneurs in the nation’s leading tech hub. It was intended to help bring cutting-edge technologies into the Defense Department by building relationships with non-traditional suppliers.Just over a year later, after some early successes and difficulties, the Pentagon is ready to launch “DIUx 2.0,” according to senior defense officials who spoke to reporters traveling with Carter to Palo Alto, where he was scheduled to unveil the initiative.Related Articles:Carter Announces Leadership, Organizational Changes at DIUx,http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=2176Reporter”s Notebook: Carter Keeps Pressing for Silicon Valley Engagement,http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/blog/lists/posts/post.aspx?ID=2183