DoD launching innovation office near MIT

Accelerating Innovation to the Warfighter

CAMBRIDGE, MA — Today, AP is reporting Defense Secretary Ash Carter is launching the military’s latest effort at improving its technological capabilities in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Carter will formally open the second office of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, or DIUx, near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this afternoon. The first office is in Mountain View, California, near the tech center of Silicon Valley.

The U.S. Department of Defense relies on innovation to maintain our nation’s ability to deter, and if need be, prevail in conflict.  With outposts in the heart of Silicon Valley and now Boston, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) serves as a bridge between those in the U.S. military executing on some of our nation’s toughest security challenges and companies operating at the cutting edge of technology.

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Above, Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental employees in Mountain View, Calif., May 11, 2016, before delivering remarks about the future of the Defense Department’s innovation.

DoD photos by Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

As their name implies, DIUx is just that: an “experiment.” They continuously iterate on how best to identify, contract, and prototype novel innovations through sources traditionally not available to the Department of Defense, with the ultimate goal of accelerating this technology into the hands of the men and women in uniform.

Discover more by visiting diux.mil

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