Imagine the greatest tech minds of modern society in one room, working togehter on innovative projects – meet the US Defense Department new Advisory Board with brilliant minds from Google, Amazon, LinkedIn, Instagram and more

Pentagon announced earlier this year that it is forming a very unique Advisory Board, that today counts over 15 members – some of the brightest minds of modern technology and digital industry. This Board will attempt to reach the main goal – enhancing the Defense Department’s culture, organization and processes – through the Silicon Valley point of view.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the Board formation in March in a Press release: the board’s mandate will be providing department leaders independent advice on innovative and adaptive means to address future organizational and cultural challenges, as stated by the press secretary Peter Cook, including the use of technology alternatives, streamlined project management processes and approaches – all with the goal of identifying quick solutions to Defense Department’s problems. Some of the main topics the Board will work on are rapid prototyping, iterative product development, business analytics, mobile apps, and the cloud, and it will by no means be involved in in discussions of military operations or strategy.

Pentagon’s Innovation Dream Team

A glimpse over the Board’s members is enough to understand the potential for innovation it is able to unleash. As a chairman, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, now the executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, determined to work with Board members on bridging a clear gap between how the U.S. military and the technology industry operate.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet and new chairman of the first DoD Innovation Advisory Board, during the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco, March 2, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee

Carter and Schmidt worked jointly on the board selection, that at the moment includes Jennifer Pahlka, the founder and executive director of Code for America, Milo Medin, Google’s vice president for access services, broadband and fiber network, Marne Levine, Instagram chief executive, J. Michael McQuade, United Technologies’s senior vice president for science and technology, Adam Grant, an organizational psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Richard Murray, a bioengineering professor at the California Institute of Technology, Eric Lander, the founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, whose focus includes biomedical and genomic research, just to name some of them.

The most recent addition to this eclectic board, as stated in a recent The Washington Post article, are Neil deGrasse Tyson, celebrity astrophysicist, Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and head of private space company Blue Origin, and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.  

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who owns private space company Blue Origin, which is working to make reusable rockets a reality (photo credit cnet.com)

This is without a doubt one of the most impressive teams ever formed, and the entire global community will be following their work closely.  For more information you can visit the US Department of Defense website www.defense.gov.

 

Sources:

Pentagon to Establish Defense Innovation Advisory Board by defense.gov

Pentagon Taps Eric Schmidt to Make Itself More Google-ish by Wired

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos joins Pentagon innovation board by cnet.com