The Community Advisory Cohort 2 members have just been selected, but who are they, what do they do, and why are they important to DEF and the defense innovation community at large?

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What is the Community Advisory?

The Community Advisory is a program to culturally engineer enhanced collaboration between organizational leadership and the overall community…


The time has arrived to select DEF’s next Executive Director! Michael Madrid’s two-year tenure will be coming to a close this fall, and the team will welcome a new leader to the helm. We’re looking for someone who is passionate, like heart on fire passionate, about DEF’s vision to promote…


By Patrick Collins

The previous article in this series addressed small and medium sized enterprises, how the government takes on market as well as technical risk to support them, and how large firms often acquire smaller firms to absorb their innovations.

Those engaged in the defense innovation business know there…


by Patrick Collins

The first article in this series introduced the defense innovation ecosystem, discussed what makes it unique compared to other sectors of the economy, and explored cooperation between the government and the largest defense firms. …


by Ryan Hilger, Lieutenant Commander US Navy

Note: This is the second of a two-part series. You can read the first part here.

If people are your top priority, train them like it. In Part Two of a two part series, a former submarine department head offers lessons from the…


by Patrick Collins

DEF is just one of many entities in the defense innovation ecosystem, to better understand our organization, it is necessary to understand its place within a web of others. This article is the first in a series that will explore that ecosystem, spanning government, corporate, and non-profit…


by Ryan Hilger, Lieutenant Commander US Navy

If people are your top priority, train them like it. In Part One of a two part series, a former submarine department head offers lessons from the U.S. Navy’s submarine force on how to turn training into a competitive advantage.

I am convinced…


As an all-volunteer team, DEF strives to be the best that it can for the virtuous insurgency. One of the many groups supporting us is our Board of Directors, who share their experiences, advice and hard-earned insights to make us better.

The Board meets regularly to review business and provide…


by Dustin Thomas, Eric Heller & David Schiff

Hopper is DEF’s innovation consultancy, a community of volunteers who leverage their expertise in national security issues to address challenges of senior leaders in government.

Digital technology is changing the workspace. Digital innovation will be critical if we want to maintain a…


by Kuljinder “Jeena” Cheema

Disruptive Thinkers curates blog posts that promote a culture of innovation in the national security community, inspiring and connecting ideas that challenge the status quo. We welcome submissions that are in line with this mission.

How can Admiral Gilday lead the way toward these objectives and…

Defense Entrepreneurs Forum

We inspire, connect and empower people to promote a culture of innovation in the national security community. More at www.DEF.org. Follow @ Disruptive Thinkers.

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