Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) - Pentagon Sets Up a Silicon Valley Outpost

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July 19, 2015 | Source: Defense One

DOD is hunting for “game changers” this year, part of the ever-evolving offset strategy, an effort to identify the breakthrough capabilities that will define military innovation for the next decade and beyond.

The Pentagon will set up a new office in Silicon Valley, aiming to harness the creativity of the world’s most famous technology community, senior Defense Department officials told reporters on Wednesday. The Department is working to build new partnerships, identify “game-changing” emerging technology, and clarify to the technology community what it does online to protect the nation.

...The first change, and arguably the most significant, is the establishment of a Defense Department cell in Silicon Valley. Likely to be located at Moffett Field, near the NASA Ames research facility, this Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, orDIUX, will mark the DOD’s first permanent outreach presence in the West Coast technology hub. Here’s how the Pentagon is describing it: “Staffed by an elite cadre of active duty and civilian personnel, DIUX will also be complemented by reservists, representing some of the best technical talent in the world. They will focus on scouting emerging and breakthrough technologies and building direct relationships with DOD,” one official said, adding that several of these reservists have already “funded and sold multiple companies.”

DIUX could be up and running in May.