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Mike Madsen to take helm as acting director of Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit

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Mike Madsen — an Air Force veteran, decorated combat pilot and former legislative liaison — will serve as the Defense Innovation Unit’s acting director once Mike Brown officially exits on Sept. 2, FedScoop has learned. That role will mark a temporary promotion for Madsen, who currently serves as DIU’s deputy director and director of strategic engagement.  Formed by the Pentagon in 2015, the unit is designed to strategically accelerate the…

Pentagon's departing DIU director reflects on his legacy — and what's next

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Among multiple items he’s prioritizing as his tenure leading the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit comes to a close, Mike Brown says he’s being deliberate about advising others. “Whatever I can do in my last weeks to help the service members — making sure their performance reviews are done, whatever we can do for promotion boards, any assistance I can provide people given my commercial experience my whole career in Silicon…

Exiting DIU director urges Pentagon to refresh how it adopts commercial tech for future wars

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In the months leading up to his exit as director of the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), Mike Brown and his team are helping get commercial technology into the hands of Ukrainians on the frontlines, who are skillfully deploying drones, artificial intelligence and other off-the-shelf solutions from American companies to combat Russian invaders. This conflict is spotlighting in real-time how rapidly deployable commercial capabilities will be essential to winning wars…