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Pentagon Renames Defense Innovation Org

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has announced the removal of the word “experimental” from the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in a move to emphasize the organization’s permanence within the Defense Department. Shanahan wrote in a memo dated Aug. 3 the unit has completed experiments for DoD and helped the department establish …

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DoD Restructures Research & Engineering, Acquisition Offices

The Defense Department has issued a memo that details the reorganization of the offices of the undersecretary of research and engineering and undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, Defense News reported Tuesday. Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza, a spokeswoman for DoD, told the publication that Congress and Defense Secretary James Mattis have …

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DoD Seeks to Establish AI Development Principles; Brendan McCord Comments

The Defense Department looks to create a set of guidelines for artificial intelligence technology development and implementation, C4ISRNET reported Thursday. Brendan McCord, head of machine learning at Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, said DoD will seek assistance from the Defense Innovation Board and multiple stakeholders to develop AI principles for military use. …

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Report: Michael Madsen Joins DIUx as Washington Operations Head

Michael Madsen, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, has joined the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental as head of operations in Washington, D.C., Defense News reported Monday. Madsen told the publication in an interview that he will work to inform the Capitol Hill about the “return on investment” on DIUx’s projects …

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Col. David Robinson: DIUx Programs Offer Collaboration Opportunity for Defense Firms

The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental encourages defense companies to work with nontraditional contractors through the organization’s technology development programs, SpaceNews reported Tuesday. DIUx has awarded 67 contracts over the past three years and majority of the contract awards went to companies that do not generally function as government contractors. The …

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Reports: DIUx Head Raj Shah Steps Down

Raj Shah, head of the Defense Department’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, resigned from his post Thursday after a nearly two-year stint with the organization, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Navy Capt. Sean Heritage will step into the acting leadership role at DIUx. Shah, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, took the helm in May …

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DoD Splits Acquisition, Tech & Logistics Office Into 2 Orgs

The Defense Department on Thursday officially split the acquisition, technology and logistics office into two new units – defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment and undersecretary for research and engineering – as part of reorganization, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan wrote in a Wednesday memo the …

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Bob Work Expects DoD to Establish A.I. Center of Excellence

Bob Work, former U.S. deputy secretary of defense, anticipates the Defense Department to create a center of excellence for artificial intelligence which will help foster collaboration between the department, universities, laboratories and the industry, C4ISRNET reported Tuesday. The former deputy secretary of defense said tapping into such resources can help …

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Michael Griffin Backs DoD’s Innovation Hubs as Research & Engineering Undersecretary Nominee

Michael Griffin, the White House’s nominee for defense undersecretary for research and engineering, has expressed his support to the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental and the Pentagon’s strategic capabilities office during his Senate confirmation hearing, Federal News Radio reported Thursday. Griffin, former NASA administrator, told Senate Armed Services Committee members Thursday …

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