DOD advisory board approves innovation recommendations

Eric Schmidt, center, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, and chair of the Defense Innovation Advisory Board, speaks to reporters at the Pentagon following the board's second meeting, Jan. 9. 2017. In the meeting, board members approved 11 recommendations aimed at enhancing the Defense Department in technology, culture, operations and processes.
Eric Schmidt, center, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, and chair of the Defense Innovation Advisory Board, speaks to reporters at the Pentagon following the board’s second meeting, Jan. 9. 2017. In the meeting, board members approved 11 recommendations aimed at enhancing the Defense Department in technology, culture, operations and processes. (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense)

The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Advisory Board approved 11 recommendations “aimed at keeping the Defense Department on the cutting edge in technology, culture, operations and processes.”

These include:

— Appoint a chief innovation officer and build innovation capacity in the workforce;

— Embed computer science as a core competency of the department through recruiting and training;

— Embrace a culture of experimentation;

— Assess cybersecurity vulnerabilities of advanced weapons;

— Catalyze innovations in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

— Expand use of available acquisition waivers and exemptions;

— Increase investment in new approaches to innovation;

— Improve DoD access to code;

— Establish software development teams at each major command;

— Make computing and bandwidth abundant;

— Reward bureaucracy busting; and

— Lower barriers to innovation.

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