Here’s a[’nuther] new committee: the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Advisory Board.

”…to help keep the Department of Defense up to date on the “cutting edge” of innovation. It consists of 15 innovators, scholars, and leaders of private and public organizations picked for their contributions to new technologies and organizational behavior and culture.

“These new additions to the board represent some of the most innovative minds in America. I appreciate their willingness to join this effort and keep the Department of Defense on the cutting edge,” said [Secretary of Defense Ash Carter].

· Eric Schmidt, executive chairman, Alphabet Inc. (DIAB [Defense Innovation Advisory Board] chair)*

· Jeff Bezos, president, chairman and CEO, Amazon Inc.

· Adam Grant, professor, Wharton School of Business

· Danny Hillis, computer theorist & co-founder, Applied Inventions*

· Reid Hoffman, co-founder, LinkedIn, and partner, Greylock Partners*

· Walter Isaacson, president & CEO, Aspen Institute*

· Eric Lander, president and founding director, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

· Marne Levine, chief operating officer, Instagram

· J. Michael McQuade, senior vice president for science and technology, United Technologies*

· William McRaven, chancellor, University of Texas System*

· Milo Medin, vice president, Access Services*, Google Capital

· Richard Murray, professor, California Institute of Technology

· Jennifer Pahlka, founder, Code for America*

· Cass Sunstein*, professor, Harvard Law School [author of *Nudge*]

· Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and author

…The Secretary announced the new members during an event to formally open the new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) office in Boston. DIUx is another ground-breaking effort from Secretary Carter to strengthen the department’s connections to the American innovation economy and speed technologies into the hands of the warfighter.

Maybe they can figure out how to stop PootyPoot from hacking into the DNC…


  1. Fawkes News (#Snarknado)
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 8:50 am |

    What’s Cass Sunnstein gonna do, convince ISIS how great it is to have ham and eggs for breakfast?

  2. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 9:37 am |

    Not sure how an astronomer will help, so I’m gonna go out on a limb and agree with Claire that war-fighting is not the main goal, here. Besides being payback for political support, these boards are fraught with opportunities for corporate espionage and insider-advantage in DoD contracting. The politicians are prob’ly in there to schmooze with the “right people.”

    Then again, might somethin’ good come of it. Never know.

    Sayyy, whatever happened to that Hollywood imaginative-war-an’-spying’-plots board?

  3. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 10:02 am |

    My, my, what a D(Dem)iverse group.

  4. Jeff Schneider
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 10:03 am |

    To formally digress into a fascist state you have to start somewhere right? I believe this is a good step toward that formalization.

    An aside question, Does Hillary’s Logo remind you of the Muslim crescent moon and star symbol?

    My tin foil hat is getting a little tight again.

  5. Blue Max
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 10:07 am |

    Really glad Admiral McRaven (Ret.), key former officer in the Special Forces community, is on the board.

    Read his book, Spec Ops: Case Studies in Special Operations Warfare: Theory and Practice, back in 1995. Still highly recommend it. Eight great case studies: six from WW II, then Son Tay from Vietnam and the Entebbe operation of 4 July 1976.

    You like military history? Read his book!

  6. Posted July 27, 2016 at 10:35 am |

    Defense Innovation Advisory Board? New “advisory” ideas from leftist re: different strategies on how to surrender – overtly and/or covertly, while making us all feel good about it? Is that what these “innovative minds” are scheming?

  7. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 12:12 pm |

    yeah… made me think of this dinner of Our Betters™ [tho I don't have the cc with the names attached] *bats eyelashes*

  8. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 2:13 pm |

    ^(5) Speaking of Adm McRaven, this is worth watching if you haven’t seen it already.

  9. Joe Bandmember ≠ Damn right I'm not equal to that
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 5:48 pm |

    Not a f**king one is a man with any defense technology background.

    If you don’t vote for Trump you enable the destruction of the republic.

  10. Jimmy don\'t play that
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 6:54 pm |

    Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

    (Aw, a fellow can dream, can’t he?)

  11. Fawkes News (#Snarknado)
    Posted July 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm |

    I fail to see how voting for a Putin admirer who wants to pull out of NATO and the Geneva Convention staves off the destruction of the republic. But that’s just me.

  12. Paladin
    Posted July 28, 2016 at 6:17 am |

    I think it’s kind of cute how some people are still actually trying to save the republic.

    The country is going to hell, I’m just trying to make sure I have a few popsicles to pass around.

  13. Fat Baxter
    Posted July 28, 2016 at 7:26 am |

    The real implication is that our currently serving Servicemembers are too stupid to innovate on their own. Years of experience in their jobs (what works, and what doesn’t) is of no relevance.

    Which is likely true, as their time is now consumed with SJW indoctrination.

  14. Blue Max
    Posted July 28, 2016 at 7:40 am |

    ^^11) Fawkes, so true, but I remember what was wisely said:

    Vote Trump — he is easier to impeach!”

  15. Blue Max
    Posted July 28, 2016 at 8:50 am |

    ^8. LotF — good find! McRaven comes off well when speaking. Thanks for posting this link.

    Here is a tribute to him when he won the OSS Society’s William J. Donovan Award in 2013:


    The ending grates on the nerves when Obama shows up to praise McRaven — and himself (nothing new about that though — I hear he mentioned himself 119 times while praising Hillary last evening!).