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Beale fosters modernization with Defense Innovation Board

Beale fosters modernization with Defense Innovation Board

Defense Innovation Board members talk about modernization, software and artificial intelligence at a DIB public meeting in Mountain View, California July 11, 2018. The members consisted of business civil society and ex-military leaders, as well as scholars, entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists and technologists. They use their leadership experience to foster Department of Defense innovation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)

Beale fosters modernization with Defense Innovation Board

Lt. Col. Michael Doherty, 48th Intelligence Squadron commander, talks about cultivating innovation culture during a Defense Innovation Board visit at Beale Air Force Base, California July 12, 2018. The board visits different installations is to see successes that they can try to replicate in the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Douglas Lorance)

Beale fosters modernization with Defense Innovation Board

Eric Schmidt, Alphabet technical advisor and Defense Innovation Board member, speaks during a DIB public meeting in Mountain View, California July 11, 2018. The DIB is an independent federal advisory committee that provides the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense and other Department of Defense senior leaders with advice on innovation. The information is used to address future challenges through three focus area: people and culture, technology and capabilities, and practices and operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)

Beale fosters modernization with Defense Innovation Board

Senior Master Sgt. Matthew Phillips, left, 9th Intelligence Squadron superintendent, and Master Sgt. Elizabeth Green, 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group staff executive assistant, attend a Defense Innovation Board public meeting in Mountain View, California July 11, 2018. They attended the meeting as a learning and networking opportunity, as well as a chance to influence the direction of innovation culture at Beale Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

Members of the 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group attended a Defense Innovation Board (DIB) public meeting in Mountain View, California, Wednesday.

“DIB is a huge networking opportunity, as well as a chance to interact and influence the direction of innovation at the strategic level in not only the Air Force, but the whole Department of Defense,” said Senior Master Sgt. Matthew Phillips, 9th Intelligence Squadron superintendent and DIB public meeting attendee.

DIB is one of several independent federal advisory committees that provides the Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense and other DOD senior leaders with advice on innovation. The information is used to address future challenges through three focus areas: people and culture, technology and capabilities, and practices and operations. 

“I enjoyed hearing the board’s perspectives, and it was a great learning experience to witness how they want to guide the DOD into a culture shift of innovation,” Phillips said. “It’s one thing to shift the culture of a squadron or a flight, but to do it for the whole DOD is massive. But to create change, we have to start somewhere.”

The board members consisted of business civil society and ex-military leaders, as well as scholars, entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists and technologists. They use their leadership experience to foster DOD innovation.

“Our adversaries are innovating at increasing rates and one way we can be sure to accomplish the mission is to not be static in the way we think and create ideas,” said Milo Medin, Google access services vice president. “One part of what the board does is visit different installations to see successes that we can try to replicate in the DOD.”

At the conclusion of the meeting, DIB members and senior military leaders transitioned to Beale to learn first-hand about unit-level software development, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and innovation culture.

“We visited Beale because of the demonstrated success the base has had in the way they process tasks and solve problems,” said Michael McQuade, Former United Technologies senior vice president of science and technology. “If we see ideas that make sense during a visit, you can bet we are going to spread that idea around the DOD.”

The visit included an operations tour at the Common Mission Control Center and a presentation of tools the 548th ISRG Airmen have developed to improve job processes.

“The visit was a wonderful opportunity for the 548th ISRG to showcase Airmen embodying modernization in the mission,” Phillips said. “These events are just one of many opportunities Beale is capitalizing on to continue to grow our innovative culture.”