Defense Innovation Board

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The 2022 Defense Innovation Board
Eric Schmidt and Ash Carter meet about Defense Innovation Board for the DoD

The Defense Innovation Board is an independent advisory board set up in 2016 to bring the technological innovation and best practice of Silicon Valley to the U.S. Military.[1] It is governed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) and provides independent recommendations to the Secretary of Defense. The board consists of experts from across commercial sector, research, and academia.[2]

The Board was founded to bring innovative best practices in technology, workforce, and organizational structure to the Department of Defense.[3]

Joshua Marcuse was the inaugural Executive Director of the Defense Innovation Board. Mr. Marcuse served as Executive Director from August 2016 to March 2020.

Dr. Eric Schmidt was the Board's inaugural Chairman. Dr. Schmidt served as the Board's Chair from August 2016 to September 2020.

The board traveled throughout the world during 2016 seeking innovative ideas from the servicemen involved in military operations to improve processes in use in all theaters of operation.


The Board advises the Defense Department on key focus areas, such as AI, software, data, digital modernization, and human capital, through its three subcommittees: Science & Technology (S&T); Workforce, Behavior, and Culture (WBC); and Space Advisory Committee (SAC). Meetings are at the call of the Board’s Designated Federal Officer in consultation with the Chair and DoD Chief Management Officer (DoD CMO). Meetings are usually open to the public.[3]

Board members[edit]

As of October 2022:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shalal, Andrea (2 March 2016). "Former Google CEO Schmidt to head new Pentagon innovation board". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  2. ^ Martin, Alexander J Martin. "Google overlord Eric Schmidt to run Pentagon advisory board". The Register. The Register. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "DIB Website". DIB. DoD. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Defense Innovation Board > Members". Retrieved 2022-09-29.

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