The Defense Department’s innovation hub chief is optimistic about his organization’s chances during the presidential transition.
With only a few months left before his tenure as Defense secretary expires, Ashton Carter took one more step to drive home his point that the Pentagon needs more “innovation” in its bloodstream.
The Pentagon says its new Silicon Valley-based technology outreach office is seeing some early successes in rapid acquisition. It handled its first dozen procurements in an average time of 60 days. But most of the money it spent went to established companies, not garage-style startups.
The Air Force is looking for creative ways to free up airmens’ time to focus on their primary missions — and spend time with their families. The latest idea is to cut back on the amount of mandatory computer-based training airmen have to endure.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is planting so-called innovation centers all over. First came San Jose, then Boston and now, Austin Texas. Is he overdoing it? Will these DIUXs produce tangible results? And what do they mean for companies in the D.C. region. For some possible answers, Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to Jonathan Aberman, chairman of Amplifier Ventures.
DIUx is panning for diamonds. The Pentagon may not really need this elaborate apparatus.
DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental fell on hard times, but it could be hitting a resurgence.
The Defense Department talks a big game on innovation, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to take big risks with investments.
DIUX, the Defense Department innovation unit in Silicon Valley, is expanding to Austin, Texas and other places. Does that mean Secretary Ash Carter is dissing the companies right here in the D.C. region? Venture capitalist Jonathan Aberman, chairman of Amplifier Ventures, gives his take on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s defense innovation hub continues to live up to its concept, iterating and improving rapidly as it becomes bi-coastal.