DoD Innovation Speed Must Increase to Modernize

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Photo by Army Spc. John Russell
Photo by Army Spc. John Russell

August 17, 2020 | Originally published by U.S. Department of Defense on August 7, 2020

Speaking on a panel at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, yesterday, Michael Brown said while the 5-year-old DIU has been successful since former Defense Secretary Ash Carter stood it up in 2015, more needs to be done.

DIU is a DoD organization Carter founded to help the U.S. military make faster use of emerging commercial technologies.

“I feel like we’re just scratching the surface,” Brown said, while adding that DIU has accomplished a lot in five years. “We probably influence about $500 million worth of defense procurement. Big number in absolute terms, but … what defense buys is probably [up to] $400 billion a year. Depending on the year, we’re a small drop in that bucket.”