2017 has been a great year for DEFx. After great events at DEFxColumbus, DEFxDC, and DEFxAtlanta, we’re holding DEFxColorado on August 12. Colorado is home to numerous military bases and startup communities. DEFxColorado will leverage the strengths of both groups to create innovation@Elevation within the defense community. Building on the success of the monthly Colorado Springs Drink & Think meet ups, we’re hosting DEFxColorado to tackle issues at a deeper level. We will begin the day with TED talk-style speakers and a panel of successful innovators. We’ll then learn the Lean Startup process and Influence Strategies to identify problems and develop real solutions to pitch to a Shark Tank of senior military leaders and experienced venture capital investors. Confirmed speakers include BG Andrew Armacost, MAJ Matt Cavanaugh, LTC Aaron Roof, and MAJ Joe Byerly. #DEFColorado. Contact the event coordinator for more information, to join the event team, or to nominate speakers.

Interested in running your own DEFx event? Contact DEF’s National Programs Director for more information.

The 2017 annual conference will be held at the University of Texas at Austin from September 14th-17th! This year we’ll celebrate DEF’s five year anniversary. 50% of startups fail within 5 years, so achieving this milestone is celebration worthy.

To celebrate our success and make sure we continue, we want to tap into DEF’s greatest asset: our members. There are three ways to contribute to DEF 2017:

  • Volunteer for the planning team
  • Nominate a speaker or topic
  • Attend the DEF workshop in June to help chart the way ahead

If you’d like to participate, please contact us here.

Our friends at The Strategy Bridge are conducting a writing competition focused on military strategy. The competition is open to students in war colleges, staff colleges, and civilian universities, and has a June 30, 2017 deadline. Winning articles will be published. Look here for more information.

In Over Their Heads: U.S. Ground Forces are Dangerously Unprepared for Enemy Drones
DEF participant Jonathan Gillis addresses why the United States military is vulnerable to small, inexpensive drones and does not use drones more effectively, then makes several recommendations for how the military can improve its drone systems.

The Pentagon’s Personnel Problem
DEF participant Tim Kane asks a question near and dear to many DEF participants: What is wrong with the Pentagon’s personnel system?

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