Sean Heritage, acting managing partner at the Defense Innovation Unit, has said DIU is in a âperiod of thoughtful reflectionâ as it contemplates on recent experiences as a âlearning organization,â Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.
âAnd as we continue to experiment thereâs going to be hiccups and things we learn along the way and itâs important that we are modifying our processes and ways of doing business as a result,â he told the station.
DIU removed the âexperimentalâ from its name, a move which Deputy Defense SecretaryÂ Patrick Shanahan said seeks to emphasize the organizationâs permanence within theÂ Defense Department.
Heritage provided updates on DIUâs progress with its projects and use of the Commercial Solutions Opening approach that aims to encourage nontraditional defense firms to work with the Pentagon.
âYes, the number of CSOs have slowed down and yes itâs rather deliberate as we begin to focus more and more on choosing the most impactful projects and problems to solve and ensuring we are executing our processes in a defensible way,â he added.