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Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) was founded to harness commercial technology from start-ups for national security innovation. This is the story of how DIUx at first failed, was rebooted, and eventually succeeded in partnering with leading hardware and software startups amidst a new age of strategic competition in which technological diffusion has made the world ever flatter and more potentially dangerous.
Christopher Kirchhoff currently leads the Schmidt Futures Challenges Project, a generational effort to harness the power of technology and science to solve the biggest challenges facing humanity. A strategist in emerging technology, Kirchhoff previously created and led the Pentagon’s Silicon Valley Office, Defense Innovation Unit X, was director for strategic planning at the NSC, special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and senior advisor to Presidential Counselor John Podesta. He graduated in History & Science from Harvard College and holds a doctorate in politics from Cambridge University, where he was a Gates Scholar.