The Defense Department’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)–formerly known as DIUx–has selected Michael Brown as its new director. Brown replaces Raj Shah who left the Pentagon’s commercial sector outreach wing in February and Capt. Sean Heritage, who has been filling in on an interim basis. Brown is no stranger to DIU, as he’s been working with the organization as a Presidential Innovation Fellow for the better part of the last two years. Prior to becoming a Fellow, Brown was the CEO of cybersecurity giant Symantec. “There is no better person than Mike Brown to lead DIU into its next chapter,” said Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin, in a statement. “Mike’s extensive Silicon Valley career speaks for itself, as he has experience in both hardware from his time at Quantum, as well as software at Symantec.”

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