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USA Defense Department Embarks on Tech Defense Meeting

Great innovators, scholars and business leaders gathered at the Pentagon yesterday for the second meeting of the Defense Innovation Advisory Board and approved 11 recommendations aimed at keeping the US Defense Department on top of technology,culture,operations and its 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. DoD photo by
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. 

Lisa Ferdinando at DoD made this report concerning the DoD Innovations meeting

“These 15-member board is chaired by Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google.

“I think I can speak for the entire board to say that we are really happy to be able to serve the country in the way that we have,” Schmidt said at the start of today’s public meeting. “Everybody here is a volunteer. We’ve had a wonderful time.”

Board members are continually impressed by the focus, courage and discipline of the service members they meet around the globe, Schmidt said. “It’s important when you sit here in Washington to remember there’s a much larger space of people who are out basically fighting the good fight in an impressive way,” he added.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Schmidt said he believes the board will continue its work under the incoming administration and that it will be “business as usual” with the new secretary of defense.

“We are a discretionary board — the way it’s structured is we continue at the discretion of the secretary,” he explained. “We have every reason to believe that it will continue.”

Approval of Recommendations

The board held its inaugural meeting in October. In today’s 90-minute session, the board discussed and approved 11 recommendations and discussed a new one.

The attendees included Marne Levine, chief operating officer of Instagram; retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, a former commander of U.S. Special Operations Command who now is chancellor of the University of Texas System; and astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Other members at today’s meeting were Adam Grant, professor, Wharton School of Business; Eric Lander, president and founding director, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; J. Michael McQuade, senior vice president for science and technology, United Technologies; Milo Medin, vice president, Access Services, Google Capital; Jennifer Pahlka, founder, Code for America; and Cass Sunstein, professor, Harvard Law School.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter established the board last year for a two-year renewable term. The panel is authorized to have up to 20 members.

The board also includes Jeff Bezos, president, chairman and CEO, Amazon Inc.; Danny Hillis, computer theorist and co-founder, Applied Inventions; Reid Hoffman, co-founder, LinkedIn, and partner, Greylock Partners; Walter Isaacson, president and CEO, Aspen Institute; and Richard Murray, professor, California Institute of Technology.

Recommendations for the Department

Members today approved recommendations to:

— 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.

The members also discussed a new recommendation to establish a global and secure repository for data collection, sharing and analysis, but did not vote on that idea.

Implementing Recommendations

The board’s executive director, Joshua Marcuse, pointed out that Carter announced in October he had formally accepted board recommendations to create a DoD chief innovation officer, embed computer science as a core competency, and create a DoD center for artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Today’s vote finalizes the recommendations and will include any updated language, Marcuse said. The secretary’s staff has begun a process of how to best to implement those three ideas, he added.

The Defense Innovation Advisory Board operates under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the Government in Sunshine Act. ”

This is going meeting is probably going to shift the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE in a new and massive technological trend, which I may say a good move in the arena of defence. Just recently The US general election was hacked by Russians and this I Think will help them resolve all security vulnerabilities. Lets wait for the results of this meeting in 2017 and beyond

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Anane Ebenezer

I am from Ghana (West Africa).My core aim for developing TechGenez is to "Connect People All Over The World to the World of Technology". God Bless You for passing by.

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