DEFENSE

DIUx drops the 'x'

NOTE: This article first appeared on FCW.com.

The Defense Department announced Aug. 9 that it is renaming its innovation arm, the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental.

In a memo dated Aug. 3, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced that, effective immediately, DIUx would become the Defense Innovation Unit, full stop, to convey a sense of permanence to the agency.

“Removing ‘experimental’ reflects DIU's permanence within the DOD,” Shanahan wrote in the memo.

“Though DIU will continue to experiment with new ways of delivering capability to the warfighter, the organization itself is no longer an experiment. DIU remains vital to fostering innovation across the Department and transforming the way DOD builds a more lethal force.”

About the Author

Lauren C. Williams is a staff writer at FCW covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at lwilliams@fcw.com, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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