DEF Members are doing great things in the national security community! War on the Rocks, under DEF Member Ryan Evans’ leadership, recently launched the first issue of the Texas National Security Review. The TNSR is innovating international relations publishing in several ways. It combines peer-reviewed academic and policy articles in an effort to bridge the gap between the academy and practitioners. It challenges the pay wall concept that prevents the general public from easily accessing high-quality academic work. And it’s creating great content right from the start, including articles by Lawrence Freedman, Kathleen Hicks, John McCain, and other prominent academics and practitioners. Read more about their concept or there first articles here.

Do you have any thoughts about the Defense Innovation Board’s Innovation Career Field? DEF member Josh Marcuse and his team at DIB are collecting information so they can improve personal policies in the Department of Defense. If you haven’t already taken their survey, please do, and share it with your fellow innovators.


The DEF Agoras are in full swing!
The Los Angeles Agora is having its first meeting on November 7 at 6 PM at the Salt Creek Grille in El Segundo.The event will begin with a brief overview of DEF followed by a facilitated presentation of key challenges, developing solutions and lessons learned in the realm of small unmanned aerial systems. Brandon Brown of AirMap, an insider working the issue, will kick-off the discussion. Afterwards, the topic will be opened up for discussion, questions, networking and discovery of ways that the LA Agora and DEF can help members initiate and improve defense and security programs

Denver is kicking off its Drink and Think on November 14. It’s turning into a really big event that expects up to 150 attendees. A local company, VTO Inc, will host and is providing food and beer. The event will begin with a 10 min talk about the goals of DEF and the Denver Drink and Think, followed by a talk by guest speaker Steve Watson, founder of VTO, and a panel of discussing innovation. The event will also have static displays about drone simulators, bitcoin mining, live machine logged onto the dark web, and possibly more.  It is turning into quite the first event and seems to be catching a lot of local momentum and attention. For more information and look out on Facebook and Twitter for the event details!

Colorado Springs is hosting another DEF Agora event on November 28. The event will feature Fmr Presidential Innovation Fellow Geoff Mulligan. Geoff is a USAFA graduate who has helped develop key technologies for internet security and has testified before Congress on Computer and Internet Security.

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 Center for a New American Security’s Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Summit will bring together technology leaders and top policymakers to explore the state of artificial intelligence and discuss the implications of the AI revolution on global security. To anticipate the resulting challenges, CNAS’ all-day summit will explore technology trends, uncertainties, and possible trajectories for how AI may affect global security. Presentations and discussion panels will showcase experts on artificial intelligence, machine learning, human-machine teaming, and security policy. Livestream it here!

The Atlantic is looking for service members who can share how their experiences in the military have informed or changed their views on a variety of topics. If you’re a veteran who’d like to contribute, please fill out this form.

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!

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