Ex-Google CEO is working with the Pentagon to improve US military tech

Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google and current executive chairman of parent company Alphabet, has agreed to work with the Pentagon to help marry Sillion Valley’s talent with the US military.

Ex-Google CEO is working with the Pentagon to improve US military tech

According to the US Department of Defense (DoD), the Defense Innovation Advisory Board, and the appointment of Schmidt as its head, is part of an initiative to change its culture and processes “by tapping innovators from the private sector, in Silicon Valley and beyond”.

“The Defense Innovation Advisory Board will seek to advise the department on areas that are deeply familiar to Silicon Valley companies, such as rapid prototyping, iterative product development, complex data analysis in business decision-making, the use of mobile and cloud applications, and organisational information sharing,” the statement said.

The board’s announcement couldn’t have come at a more apt time, with Silicon Valley doing battle with the state in several cases, such as Apple facing off against the FBI in the US Congress.

It is not currently evident who else from the US tech industry will be involved other than Schmidt, but the DoD has said the other members will be hand-picked by Schmidt and US defense secretary Ash Carter. 

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