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
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.
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!
I came to DEF 2014 after a major failure in my life, an unsure 25 year old with an idea in a cardboard box. I got a tremendous opportunity to meet a wide range of people and learn an extraordinary amount in just three days. I was also able to get a rough plan for not only my idea but my professional future. I can’t thank Ben and the DEF board enough and can’t wait for next year.
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...
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.
Defense Entrepreneurs Forum
Washington DC 20002