You are likely receiving a lot of emails this week about Giving Tuesday, an opportunity to put aside commercialism in favor of helping out non-profit organizations. And you probably really want to help, but you aren’t made of money. We get it.

So, here’s the deal. If you like DEF and want some “good feels” (plus a tax write-off) by helping us create and sustain a culture of innovation in national security, you can easily donate via PayPal. A couple clicks and you’re supporting our Firestarter Fellowship or annual conference.

But perhaps you just gave your last $5 to another worthy cause and you still want to help out. We’ve got you! Chances are you’ll do some online shopping, so why not use DEF’s Amazon Smile site as your base to donate 0.5% of eligible purchases? You can also answer four quick questions about our Membership Beta, or share upcoming events and your DEF experience with friends. There you go: three 100% free ways to give!

Regardless of where you are at, or what you can donate this Giving Tuesday, there’s a way to help support DEF – as always, please tell us what you think via email, Facebook, Twitter or (if you are feeling “businesslike”) LinkedIn. We love to connect – it’s what we do.


The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum made its presence known at this year’s Logistics Officer Association Symposium. The Symposium is known for the presence of prime industry partners. DEF represented our goal of creating a culture of innovation and helped spread the virtuous insurgency. Read more here!

DEF participant Graham Plaster is moderating a panel on “Cracking the Code on Intel & Defense Contracts.” The panelists are outstanding, so if you can make it or know someone interested, spread the word.


The DEF Network is continuing to grow, and you’re likely to run into DEF participants at defense events. The Potomac Officers Club is hosting the 2018 Defense Research & Development Summit on January 31 to learn about current innovations in Defense R&D, how the DoD is fostering innovation and what industry can do to help.

Interested in running your own DEF event? Contact the DEF Agora director. Know any events that aren’t mentioned. E-mail us!

Have you heard? You can now *officially* join DEF! Five years in and we’re still growing, which means we need your help. We announced a beta version of the membership program in Austin at DEF2017, and your feedback since then has been incredibly helpful. Like any lean start-up, we plan to keep iterating on the basic idea that DEF wants to inspire, connect, and empower members (without a required fee).

How can you help? Let us know your thoughts! We plan to keep an open period of comment and suggestion until December 15th, 2017. Shortly after the New Year, we’ll share the final version of the plan and start to concentrate on the programming this new funding stream will support. DEF was started by a group of passionate innovators – we’re looking for your help to shape the next evolution.


The Cloud Advisory needs you! With DEF’s new member model, the Cloud Advisory is looking to build out its expertise and potential for current and future clients. Whether your passion is talent management, GNR 2.0, Computer Science, Cyber, Leadership, Tactics, facilitating Human Centered Design, or our latest addition of Expeditionary Entrepreneurship – you have an opportunity to get involved and make a difference. Fill out the Cloud Advisory Swarm Application today! We have an ongoing project with Tactivate, looking at how DEF can assist in Expeditionary Entrepreneurial efforts in disaster situations.

MD5, in collaboration with SOFWERX, is hosting a technology hackathon on December 1-3 in Tampa that focuses on wearables and their applications. They are looking for developers, designers, military, and academic and industry partners interested in building and demonstrating product prototypes that incorporate wearable technologies designed for performance in austere environments such as remote medical facilities, conflict zones, and emergency/disaster response. Winning teams receive up to $15K to further develop their concepts. Registration is open!

The Mad Scientist Laboratory Blog is taking submissions! The Mad Scientist Program is a Army TRADOC initiative to examine the future through a partnership with academia, industry, and the government.

Defense One wants to hear ideas from DEF. We were thrilled by the response we received to the last Dispatch. If you still have a project, event, or experience that will improve the national security community and you would like to write about it, submit your article. If your article needs a little work, let us know and we’ll be happy to help!

Do you know someone who’d be interested in DEF’s mission and events? Invite them to sign up for the Dispatch!

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