news | 28 February 2024

DIU at Pacific Operational Science and Technology (POST) 2024

The Defense Innovation Unit is proud to attend the 2024 Pacific Operational Science & Technology (POST) Conference in Honolulu from March 4-7. 

Hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association, POST delivers an unparalleled platform for collaboration, innovation, and exploration of Department of Defense opportunities for joint research, development, and experimentation. Highlights of DIU Speaking engagement include a keynote by Director Doug Beck and a fireside chat with NDIA CEO David Norquist See below for the full schedule of where to find DIU during the conference.

March 5

Event: Keynote Speech/ Fireside Chat with NDIA CEO David Norquist.


  • Doug Beck, DIU Director

  • David Norquest, CEO NDIA

Details: 08:00 - 09:00 HST, Hawaii Convention Center

Panel: Lessons Learned from EUCOM/UKR


  • Curry Wright, Security Assistance Group- Ukraine (SAG-U)

  • Johannes Schonberg - PNW Mission Acceleration Center (MAC)

Details: 13:15 - 15:00 HST, Hawaii Convention Center

Panel: Advancing INDOPACOM Initiatives


  • Eric Albord - Defense Innovation Unit

  • COL Joe Gilbert, USA (Ret) - INDOPACOM Mission Network

  • Dr. Andre Stridiron - Pacific Multi-Domain Training and Experimentation Capability (PMTEC)

  • Wendy Marotta - USINDOPACOM

Details: 13:15 - 15:00 HST, Hawaii Convention Center

Event: Hawaii On-Ramp Hub Ceremony

Description: Join the National Security Innovation Network for the official opening of the Hawaii On-Ramp Hub. One of five innovation hubs launched this year in the United States, the Hawaii Hub will serve startups, academia, industry and other local talent and technology in order to leverage the innovation capability across Hawaii, connecting them directly to DoD needs and strengthening the defense industrial base.


  • Doug Beck, DIU Director

  • Karla Mastracchio, Sr. Communications Director

  • Alyssa Robertson, NSWC Crane Liaison and Acting Midwest Regional Director

  • Jesse Gipe, Acting National Operations Director

  •  Cassie Muffley, Acting Mission Acceleration Centers Program Director

Details: 1 p.m., The Mililani Building, 521 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 262, Honolulu, HI

March 7

Panel: Commander’s INDOPACOM Update Brief

DIU Speakers:

  • Justin Norman, Portfolio Director (acting) and Technical Director Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

Details: 13:00 to 14:30, HST, Camp Smith, HI

NDIA Events

Meet up with NSIN and others in the defense innovation community throughout the conference. Every day you will find science, technology, and security experts from industry, academia, and government.

NDIA Event Information »

Schedule a meeting with DIU Contact Jesse Gipe, Acting National Operations Director, at, to meet DIU representatives at POST 2024.

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