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Defense Innovation Unit looks to scale up in new phase

February 7, 2024

Edward Graham


By Edward Graham, Nextgov/FCW / February 7, 2024

The Pentagon’s hub for accelerating the adoption of commercial technologies for battlefield use is entering “a new phase” of work that will focus on quickly addressing gaps in the U.S. military’s capabilities, according to the head of the unit.

In a report released on Wednesday by the Center for a New American Security, Doug Beck — director of the Defense Innovation Unit, or DIU — outlined a new strategy that, he wrote, will better position the Department of Defense to meet the pacing challenge posed by China and other global adversaries in fielding critical emerging technologies that are “proceeding at a much faster rate in the private sector than in the traditional defense sector.” 

To better tap into the private sector’s advancements in emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence and biotechnology, Beck said the new strategy — dubbed DIU 3.0 — will build upon the organization’s previous work helping the Pentagon “achieve critical objectives in cooperation with allies and partners, and across all warfighting domains.”

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