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George Duchak: Defense Innovation Unit Reaches Full Startup Mode

PentagonGeorge Duchak, director of the Defense Innovation Unit, has said the Defense Department’s two-month old Silicon Valley outreach office has reached a full startup mode, Breaking Defense reported Thursday.

Duchak told an AUVSI conference the unit doubled in size in September after it hired the first civilian expert, Sydney Freedberg Jr. reports.

The team consists of a director, a deputy director, four HQEs, a counsel and detailees hired from the U.S. armed forces, according to the report.

He said DIU is chartered with engagements in the innovation community, the report says.

“We’re going to try to a variety of different ways to engage DoD and to engage the startup community and the innovation community,” Duchak told reporters.

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