A Rallying Cry for Innovation

In the trenches of defense, where the stakes are life or death, the word ‘innovation‘ isn’t just some corporate buzzword—it’s the lifeblood of survival.

The Defense Innovation Board (DIB) released a report that’s ringing through the Pentagon like a four-alarm fire.

It’s a no-nonsense, straight-shooting call to arms for a culture shift that doesn’t just trickle down from the brass but bubbles up from the roots.

Breaking the Mold: A Call for Bottom-Up Innovation

The message? Clear as crystal.

Innovation can’t be a top-down affair; it’s got to be in the Department of Defense’s (DoD) DNA, from the greenest recruit to the most grizzled general.

The DIB’s laying it out on the line: if we want to stay ahead of foes who’d love to see us falter, it’s time for every official, every leader, to step up and foster a culture where innovation isn’t just welcomed—it’s demanded.

You see, in the DoD’s sprawling labyrinth, risk-taking’s often been as welcome as a bull in a china shop.

But Sue Gordon, a straight shooter from the DIB, is calling for a sea change — that the DoD “must do a better job not just buying prototypes but getting new technology into the field.”