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Defense Department Seeks First-Ever Chief Innovation Officer

With his time as Secretary of Defense winding down, Ash Carter ordered the creation of a new senior position: Chief Innovation Officer at the Pentagon. 

This new position was first recommended by the Defense Innovation Board Carter created earlier this year.

While the duties of the role are not flushed out yet, Carter said the chosen candidate would act as a direct adviser to the Secretary of Defense. 

The CIO will be charged with championing and implementing future recommendations from the innovation board, chaired by Google’s Eric Schmidt, which delivered its first set of informal interim recommendations last month. 

Chaired by Eric Schmidt from Google, the Defense Innovation Board delivered its first set of recommendations last month. 

“Those include building software platforms and human networks to enable workforce-driven innovation across DoD at scale, sponsoring innovation contests and tournaments, and providing training and education that promotes new ideas and approaches to collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking,” Carter said. “Many different organizations have recently embraced this position and also started to regularly run these kinds of innovation tournaments and competitions — including tech companies like IBM, Intel, and Google — and it’s time we did as well, to help incentivize our people to come up with innovative ideas and approaches.”

In addition to the CIO position, Carter decided to implement two of the board’s other recommendations– Increasing DoD’s recruiting of computer scientists and spending more on machine learning technologies.

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Tags: DOD, Ashton Carter, Defense Innovation Advisory Board

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