DEF is an independent, not-for-profit group of emerging defense leaders that strive to solve national security problems from the bottom-up by exposing Defense professionals to the techniques and experiences of civilian innovators and social entrepreneurs.
“Innovation is creativity with a job to do.” - John Emmerling
The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum provides a terrific opportunity to intellectually engage with people from all across the military and society beyond that on a host of issues affecting national security. All too often, the critical thinking that leaders need to be actively engaged with can be stifled within a unit. DEF gives anyone with an interest in national security access to many of the people who are actively working to enhance it.
Harvard Business School Student
DEF is the new incubator of innovative leaders across the national security establishment. It should become a rite of passage for future flag-level officers and a prestigious event for JOs to attend.
Nelson M. Rosario
What DEF means to me is hope. Hope for the future of our military, and hope for the future of our society. The people I have met through DEF the past two years have blown me away with their combination of passion and intellect. I have the utmost confidence that as a direct consequence of their involvement with DEF they will solve many critical problems we face as a nation.
DEF is proof positive of the latent potential in the mission command philosophy. When we unleash the untapped creative potential at the edge of the military bureaucracy we generate creative and practical solutions to real world problems and incentivize a whole class of junior leaders who have the potential to mold our future force. DEF is on its way to become the absolute center of innovation for the future force. This is absolutely one of the most innovative programs I have been involved with in twenty years of military service!
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.
Defense Entrepreneurs Forum
Washington DC 20002