What the Secret History of Silicon Valley Tells Us about Innovation in IT Acquisition

Date:               13 February 2019

Summary: The new National Defense Strategy (NDS) attacks the Department’s own “bureaucratic approach” and calls instead for “technological advantage through speed of delivery through changes in authorities, granting of waivers, and streamlining processes and organizations.” Can it be done? When have we done it before, and how? And who or what is determined to stop us today? An eye-opening look at US and global tech history and future trends.”

Bio: Lewis Shepherd is Senior Director of National Technology Strategy at VMware, shaping strategy for the Silicon-Valley-headquartered company, where he leads disruptive research and prototyping efforts of specific relevance to federal government agencies, particularly the national security community. He previously spent seven years at Microsoft as the Director and CTO of the Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, and has served as an executive consultant for senior leadership at U.S. intelligence agencies and DoD’s Strategic Capabilities Office. His private consulting clients have included SpaceX, Goldman Sachs, and several hedge funds. From 1984-2002, Shepherd was active in technology and research in Silicon Valley, creating two startups, but after the 9/11 attacks he moved to DC and helped lead Intelligence Community innovation at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as the Senior Technology Officer and SES-rank head of Requirements and Research. His DIA team of technologists built multiple IC-wide capabilities, including the original versions of well- known systems Intellipedia, the IC Data Layer, and A-Space. Shepherd is also now an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, and has served on the Defense Science Board’s study on information operations and hybrid warfare.