SECDEF Ash Carter sent an email outlining his commitment to participate in the first session of the “Defense, Diplomacy, and Development” (D3) Innovation Summit – a series of events jointly held by the Department of Defense, Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The first event in December will focus on the convergence of technological innovation with defense, diplomacy, and development objectives. Specifically, SECDEF Carter requested proposals from each of the Assistant Secretaries of Defense responding to the following prompt:
“New technologies are emerging daily, impacting not only the operations of how defense, diplomacy, and development are accomplished, but also the future operational environments of the United States, allies, and adversaries. U.S. policy will need to adapt to the impact of these technological changes and take advantage of new opportunities.”
On 09/04/2015, a separate email was sent outlining specifics of the deadline for submission (10/05/2015). Additionally, a document was released with submission guidelines indicating that the top six innovators from across DoS, DoD, and USAID would be selected to present to senior government leaders at the D3 Innovation Summit in December.