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Pentagon’s tech chief promises stronger budget, support for DIU

Heidi Shyu

Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, speaks to Defense Writers via zoom at the , Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 2022. (DoD photo by United States Marine Corps Sgt. Taryn Sammet)

WASHINGTON: With the outgoing director of the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit raising concerns about the level of support his office has received, the department’s chief technology officer said she wants to find a replacement who both understands the acquisition process and has exposure to the commercial world. 

Testifying Thursday in front of the House Armed Services Committee’s Cyber, Innovative Technologies and Information Systems subcommittee, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu said she believes DIU has “very strong support” and is pleased with what the agency has accomplished, but acknowledged the frustration

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