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Defense Innovation Unit focusing on partners and allies to get leading-edge tech to warfighters fast

Getting commercial technology adopted and to the warfighter quickly is the focus of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). The DIU works with partners in the Defense Department (DoD) and across government to prototype, field and scale commercial solutions. Mike Madsen, director of strategic engagement at DIU, said he and his team are exploring ways to […]


Defense Innovation Unit’s Space Portfolio working to improve maritime domain awareness

Last week the Government Matters team attended the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space conference. Managing Director Allan Holmes spoke with Steve Butow, director of the Space Portfolio at the Defense Innovation Unit. Butow said the Space Portfolio facilitated U.S. companies’ production of small synthetic aperture radar satellites, which can perform day, night and all-weather monitoring, improving the […]


Interesting ideas exist to shorten “DoD-created valley of death” and fuel innovation, says DIU director

The Defense Innovation Unit, a DoD organization that contracts with commercial companies to solve national security problems, is five years old now. 40% of the office’s contracts have made it to production in its first five years. Michael Brown, Director of DIU, said scaling DIU has been key and that they started a record number […]


Updates on the Defense Innovation Unit

Nick Sinai, Senior Advisor at Insight Partners, discusses the DIU and the new contract that will provide reporting on threat intelligence for Cyber Command


Predictive maintenance efforts at the Defense Innovation Unit

Mike Madsen, director of Strategic Engagement at DIU, outlines the office’s AI efforts, and how they’ll help the Navy and other military branches perform maintenance.

The Pentagon Beat

The Pentagon Beat – April 10, 2019

Tony Bertuca and Justin Doubleday from Inside Defense discuss top stories from across the Department of Defense. Topics on this edition of the Pentagon Beat include the requested increase in funds to Overseas Contingency Operations and the Defense Innovation Unit, and the possibility of the military sharing radio spectrum to support 5G.

The Pentagon Beat

The Pentagon Beat – August 15, 2018

Federal News Radio Defense Reporter Scott Maucione and Aaron Mehta, deputy editor & senior Pentagon correspondent at Defense News, discuss top stories from the Department of Defense. Topics discussed on this edition of the Pentagon Beat include the Defense Innovation Unit’s renaming, the Army aiming to deliver cyber capability in just under a month, and […]

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