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The Director of the Defense Innovation Unit Michael Brown says the Pentagon’s efforts to recruit science and technology talent are currently insufficient. The Defense Department needs to do a better job of recruiting, developing and retaining talent to create a more blended workforce.

  • Loren DeJonge Schulman, vice president for research and evaluation at the Partnership for Public Service, said the Defense Department should provide more intensive technical skills training for the civilian workforce and better match military officers, who may not have highly specific, technical expertise, with science and technology roles.
  • Schulman said it is important to bring in temporary talent, such as people from the Defense Digital Service and Presidential Innovation Fellows, be prepared to work with them and make it easier for them to apply to permanent positions.
  • Human resources professionals must be trained in hiring for necessary skills and should make sure to use all the hiring authorities they have, Schulman said.

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