September 14-17, 2017 | AT&T Center | Austin, TX

Austin sits at the intersection of defense and innovation, and we could think of no better place to convene the brightest and most creative minds.

Celebrating Five Years of Defense Innovation

Achieving this five-year milestone is beyond important – it’s celebration worthy. DEF has thrived thanks to our passionate members like you!

Since inception, DEF has grown by leaps and bounds. As a startup social enterprise, we’re incredibly excited to celebrate this milestone and the impact that DEF has had in national security. We continue to changing the culture and improve the bureaucracy.


Ori Brafman, the author of “The Chaos Imperative” and “The Starfish and the Spider,” kicked off Friday morning with a captivating talk about the power of leaderless organizations.

ADM Bobby Inman (ret.), former Director of the National Security Agency and former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, shared with us his experience with injecting innovation into the bureaucracy, and what he thinks we need to fight for to succeed in the future security environment.

Thanks to our Gold Sponsor

DEF is grateful for the incredible support from the Clements Center for National Security.   We are incredibly proud to partner with the Clements Center as the host of this year’s annual conference.