Sending Office: Honorable Anna G. Eshoo
Sent By:
Matthew.McMurray@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Current signers: Reps. Speier, Khanna, Susan Davis, Lynch, Tsongas, and Swalwell

Dear Colleague, 

I invite you to join me in writing to the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee to request $71.118 million for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental (DIUx), consistent with the President’s FY19 Budget. 

DIUx’s primary mission is to close capabilities gaps identified by commanders in the field and solve our most pressing national security and defense challenges. The office provides a critical link between the DoD and private sector innovators and entrepreneurs
working on the next generation of commercial innovation who would otherwise not traditionally pursue DoD procurement.

If you have any questions or you would like to sign on, please contact Matt McMurray at matthew.mcmurray@mail.house.gov. 

Sincerely, 

/s/

Anna G. Eshoo
Member of Congress 

 

LETTER TEXT

The Honorable Kay Granger                          The Honorable Pete Visclosky
Chairwoman                                                    Ranking Member
Defense Subcommittee                                    Defense Subcommittee
Committee on Appropriations                         Committee on Appropriations
H-405, The Capitol                                          1016 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515                                 Washington, D.C. 20515

Chairman Granger and Ranking Member Visclosky,

As you begin work on the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Defense Appropriations bill, we urge you to provide $71.118 million for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental (DIUx), consistent with the President’s FY19 Budget request. This
includes $29.364 million in Research, Development, Test & Evaluation funding and $41.754 in Operations and Maintenance funding.

First created in 2015 and headquartered in Mountain View, California in the heart of Silicon Valley, DIUx provides a critical link between the DoD and private sector innovators and entrepreneurs working on the next generation of commercial innovation who would
otherwise not traditionally pursue DoD procurement. The office has since opened locations in Austin, Texas, and Boston, Massachusetts, further expanding the Pentagon’s exposure to critical non-traditional defense talent, companies, and technologies. DIUx’s
primary mission is to close capabilities gaps identified by commanders in the field and solve our most pressing national security and defense challenges.

DIUx utilizes an accelerated contracting model that identifies specific DoD problems and awards pilot contracts in response to private sector submissions, a process that typically takes 90 days. These pilot contracts include the use of machine learning technology
to transition the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to advanced predictive maintenance methods; the use of cloud native software to modernize USAF’s Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC); and the analysis of cyber threat intelligence to better understand and prepare for
continually evolving cyber
attacks, an increasingly critical threat in the 21st century. The CAOC program alone now saves the Air Force 3-400,000 pounds of jet fuel per day and has recouped DIUx’ entire FY17 enacted appropriation multiple times over.

In recent years, many of America’s cutting-edge private sector innovators have simply stopped pursuing DoD procurement contracts, creating a real opportunity cost for the warfighter and the nation. DIUx is an accessible one-stop shop where innovators can
connect directly to DoD to meet its most advanced challenges. DIUx has a proven record of breaking down the wall that exists between many of America’s best and brightest innovators and those who risk their all to keep our nation safe. Strong investments in
DIUx in FY19 will build upon this success.

We once again urge you to support the President’s FY19 budget request and provide $71.118 million for DIUx in the FY19 Defense Appropriations bill.

Thank you for your consideration of this important request and for your critical leadership.

Sincerely,

 

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