Carter Creates New Department of Defense Post: Chief Innovation Officer

2016-11-07T12:47:56+00:00 November 7, 2016|
Southwest view of the Pentagon with the Potomac River and Washington Monument in background (1998). (Credit: Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force/ Wikimedia Commons)

(Click to enlarge) Southwest view of the Pentagon with the Potomac River and Washington Monument in background (1998). (Credit: Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force/ Wikimedia Commons)

With only a few months left before his tenure as Defense secretary expires, Ashton Carter took one more step to drive home his oft-repeated point that the the Pentagon needs more “innovation” in its bloodstream, in case anyone has failed to take notice so far.

(From Federal News Radio / by Jared Serbu)– On Friday, Carter ordered the establishment a new senior office within the Pentagon: the DoD Chief Innovation Officer. Its creation was first suggested by members of the Defense Innovation Board he created earlier this year, preceded by his standup of the Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental(DIUx).

The yet-to-be-named innovation officer’s duties aren’t fully defined, but Carter said the position would serve as a direct adviser to the Secretary of Defense.

Among other things, he or she will be in charge of championing and implementing future recommendations from the innovation board, chaired by Google’s Eric Schmidt, which delivered its first set of informal interim recommendations last month.

“Those include building software platforms and human networks to enable workforce-driven innovation across DoD at scale, sponsoring innovation contests and tournaments, and providing training and education that promotes new ideas and approaches to collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking,” Carter said. “Many different organizations have recently embraced this position and also started to regularly run these kinds of innovation tournaments and competitions — including tech companies like IBM, Intel, and Google — and it’s time we did as well, to help incentivize our people to come up with innovative ideas and approaches.”

Read the full article here: http://federalnewsradio.com/defense/2016/10/carter-creates-new-dod-post-chief-innovation-officer/