When Michael Brown, a former CEO of cybersecurity firm Symantec, joined the Pentagon in September 2018 to lead the Defense Innovation Unit, his goal was direct: to scale up the work being done by the department’s office dedicated to strengthening ties between the department and commercial technology firms.
This week, Brown formally announced his plans to leave DIU at his four-year anniversary. And in an interview with Breaking Defense, he opened up about the challenges the office faces, including what he said was a critical lack of support from Pentagon leadership, the optimism he still holds for the office and the ways the DoD must course correct to bring cutting edge technologies to the military.
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