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Ashton Carter, Defense Innovation Board Members Discuss Interim Recommendations for DoD

PentagonDefense Secretary Ashton Carter and members of the Defense Innovation Board have discussed 11 interim recommendations to the Defense Department during DIB’s first public meeting held Wednesday at the Pentagon, DoD News reported Wednesday.

Cheryl Pellerin writes Carter established the 15-member independent advisory board to recommend strategies for defense officials to manage processes and people across the department with the help of technology.

“One of my core goals as secretary of defense has been to push the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box, and be more open to new ideas and new partnerships that can help our military remain what it is today… as we confront a changing and fiercely competitive world,” he said.

The board suggested that DoD appoint a chief innovation offer, develop a career track for computer science and a digital Reserve Officer’s Training Corps program and implement incentive programs to spur innovation and creativity at the department.

DIB also urged the department to establish an institute for artificial intelligence and machine learning studies as well as infrastructure that will serve as a “human cloud” of computer programmers and software developers.

The report said the group also believes DoD should further invest in technological efforts at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Strategic Capabilities Office and Defense Innovation Unit Experimental.

The group also recommended the Cyber Command to work with the National Security Agency to review the security of every DoD system, Pellerin reports.

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