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Defense Innovation Board to study innovation barriers, data economy

October 17, 2023

Courtney Albon


A new Defense Innovation Board study will focus on eliminating barriers to innovation within the Pentagon to enable efforts like Replicator, an initiative to field thousands of drones in the next two years. (Getty Images)


By Courtney Albon, C4ISRNET / October 17, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department’s technology advisory board is launching two studies focused on identifying the practices and policies that impede innovation and improving the way the Pentagon uses and integrates data, from battlefield operations to acquisition processes.

The deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, David Honey, commissioned the Defense Innovation Board to complete the two studies by February.

The innovation report is driven by recent organizational changes within the department, Honey said in an Oct. 6 memo, which was published this week. Those changes include the elevation of the Defense Innovation Unit as a direct report to the secretary of defense and the establishment of the deputy defense secretary’s Innovation Steering Group, the Office of Strategic Capital and Task Force Lima — a group created in August to analyze and integrate generative AI tools.

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