We're a fast-moving Department of Defense organization that contracts with commercial companies to solve national security problems.
Tap Into New Markets
We award scalable contracts to companies offering solutions to national security challenges across a variety of technology areas.
DIU is the only Department of Defense organization focused exclusively on fielding and scaling commercial technology across the U.S. military to help solve critical problems.
Rapidly Fielding New Technology
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We are changing how the Department of Defense (DoD) approaches commercial technology adoption. Through our agile processes, contract authorities, and diverse team of experts, we have reduced the time it takes the DoD to identify a problem, prototype a commercial solution, and implement it into the field to two years or less.
Our DoD partners represent every Service and we engage at the highest levels to identify national security challenges that can be solved with commercial technology. Companies on contract with us are backed by top tier investors and represent $8 billion in private investments.
We Match Challenges with Solutions We give innovative businesses and startups the opportunity to solve high-impact national security problems.
We Speak Your Language Our team has deep experience across defense and tech to easily and quickly navigate to a contract award.
We Leverage Fast, Flexible Contracts We provide a quick path to revenue, potential access to large-volume contracts, and lower barriers to entry into the defense market.
We're Focused on Impact We pursue innovative solutions and work closely with DoD partners and companies to deliver results and support technology adoption in 12-24 months.
COO & Co-Founder, Shield AI
“Through its focus on emerging technologies and innovation, in 2016, DIU helped enabled Shield AI to operationalize its cutting-edge AI technology for US military customers. DIU offered a clear path for Shield AI to connect directly with senior DOD leaders who immediately understood the decisive advantage our AI could offer to maneuver forces.
DIU's speed and ability to deftly navigate the contracting process for American startups possessing cutting-edge technology provided Shield AI critical momentum. DIU's efforts support those seeking to serve the b2g market at scale."