Past DEF Speakers

Ori Brafman

Ori Brafman

Author

Mr. Brafman, New York Times best-selling author of "The Chaos Imperative” and “The Starfish and the Spider”, spoke on the DEF stage about the power of leaderless organizations.

Adm. Bobby Inman

Adm. Bobby Inman

Director (ret.), NSA

At DEF 2017, Adm. Inman shared his experience with injecting innovation into the bureaucracy, and what he thinks we need to fight for to succeed in the future security environment.

Mission & Vision

We inspire, connect and empower people committed to U.S. national security by convening events, forging partnerships and delivering tangible solutions. We do this in order to support and enable a culture of innovation in the national security community.

Inspire

Ideas are the starting point for new projects and programs - we seek out and promote great ideas.

Connect

Relationships form the foundation of successful innovation efforts. Personal connections and trust are critical.

Empower

Having brought ideas and teams together, we help bring publications, pitches and programs into reality.

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Testimonials

Casey Dean

Casey Dean

US Army

"My first DEF was more than listening, thinking, and discussion. It was also developing relationships with people to continue the discourse throughout the year. It’s also a chance to get out of your comfort zone and listen to ideas from someone outside of your network. Anyone with a passion for their career or service needs to attend DEF and share the knowledge with their organization."

Lise van Boxel

Lise van Boxel

St. John's College

"DEF is a great opportunity to meet highly intelligent, imaginative, and energetic people who are willing and able to vivify leadership in the military and in the United States more generally. If 100 people can change the nation and the world, you might find a significant number of them here!"

Dave Lyle

Dave Lyle

US Air Force

"Never underestimate the power of diverse groups with common goals. Someday, decades from now, you’ll look back at the major innovations of our lifetimes, and you’ll see the stories of DEF alums weaved into them. Why? Because we believe we can do it, we’re going to ACT on our beliefs, and if we fail - WHEN we fail - we’re going to do so in ways that will still raise the bar for those who succeed after us. Just you watch...or even better, come join us..."

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Dispatch

DEF 3.0

Fellow Innovators, Six months ago, the DEF board appointed me as the new Executive Director and I joined a dedicated group of volunteers on the National Leadership Team, which support projects like the annual conference, local Read more…

Questions? Ideas?

DEF is a team of passionate volunteers pursuing culture change around innovation in the national security community. We are always looking to connect with new members, partners and sponsors supportive of our mission!

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