Rocket Lab to Launch Air Force Satellites
April 03, 2019

Days after Rocket Lab launched a payload for one U.S. military agency, the company announced its next mission will place three technology demonstration satellites into orbit for the U.S. Air Force. Rocket Lab said April 3 its next Electron mission, scheduled for late April, will be for the Defense Department’s Space Test Program in partnership with the Defense Innovation Unit.

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Announcing 2019 Participants in DIU's HACQer Program
April 02, 2019

The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) is pleased to announce the participants chosen for the 2019 HACQer program. HACQer, now in its second installment since its launch in April 2018, is an opportunity for uniformed and civilian acquisition professionals to spend four months on detail at DIU’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.  

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More than Music and Movies: the SXSW "Defense Track"
March 21, 2019
For the first time, this year’s SXSW featured a “Defense Innovation Lounge” venue at the Capital Factory. Business executives, government leaders, and policy experts gathered in Austin to discuss the importance of lowering barriers to entry and other topics of interest for startups keen on working with the Department of Defense.
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Mike Brown Testifies on DIU's AI Initiatives
March 18, 2019
Mike Brown, Director of DIU, provides an overview of our efforts in artificial intelligence (AI) during the March 12 SASC Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities hearing on AI initiatives within DoD. DIU's AI portfolio focuses on understanding, tracking, and vetting commercial companies' abilities to solve high-impact problems identified in our work with DoD partners.
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Startups Highlight Ease and Benefits of Working with DoD
March 13, 2019
The Capital Factory in Austin recently hosted two events highlighting the work the Defense Innovation Unit is doing to attract new companies to the Department of Defense (DoD).
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