A new Pentagon Advisory Board wants to tap “innovators from the private sector, in Silicon Valley and beyond.”
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt will head a new Pentagon Defense Innovation Advisory Board, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced this week.
The new board is part of an effort to bolster the Defense Department’s “culture, organization, and processes by tapping innovators from the private sector, in Silicon Valley and beyond,” the agency said in a statement. Members will advise the department on “areas that are deeply familiar to Silicon Valley companies, such as rapid prototyping, iterative product development, complex data analysis in business decision making, the use of mobile and cloud applications, and organizational information sharing.”
The board will not, however, engage in discussion of military operations or strategy.
Schmidt, who is also the executive chairman of Google’s new parent company Alphabet, will chair the Defense Innovation Advisory Board, which will comprise up to 12 individuals “who have successfully led large private and public organizations, and excelled at identifying and adopting new technology concepts.” Schmidt and Carter will jointly select other members.
“Schmidt has a unique perspective on the latest practices in harnessing and encouraging innovation, and the importance of technology in driving organizational behavior and business operations,” the DoD said.
Meanwhile, the Defense Department is already adopting one idea from the private sector — bug bounties.
The department this week announced plans to launch what will be the federal government’s first-ever cyber bug bounty program.
Dubbed “Hack the Pentagon,” the pilot program, slated to launch next month, will “allow qualified participants to conduct vulnerability identification and analysis on the department’s public webpages.”