Michael Bloomberg to head Defense Innovation Board

Former Mayor of New York Michael BloombergMichael Bloomberg Risks and consequences of the unclean alliance between China and Russia Americans consider Biden’s presidency a failure – Democrats can fix it. Night protection and national security He is expected to chair the Defense Innovation Council.

Minister of Defense Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinPutin recognizes independence of breakaway regions The Hill’s Morning Report – Ukraine and the West await Russia’s attack Expanding military exercises raises concerns about Russian invasion MORE A Pentagon spokesman nominated Bloomberg to “use his expertise and strategic thinking in innovation, business and public service.” John KirbyJohn KirbyWATCH: Weekend stories that you could miss Sunday shows – the Ukrainian crisis dominates. In Russia, “diplomatic options remain,” Kirby said. told reporters on Wednesday.

Kirby added that Bloomberg will bring to the Defense Innovation Council “rich experience in technology innovation, business and government”.

“His leadership will be crucial to ensuring the department has access to the best and smartest minds in science, technology and innovation through a team of different experts he will lead as chairman of this board,” Kirby said.

“And, obviously, the Secretary is very grateful that Mr. Bloomberg was willing to take on that extra responsibility, and very grateful that he is willing to serve in that capacity,” he continued.

The Defense Innovation Council is an advisory council established in 2016 to provide the agency with recommendations on new technologies and innovative approaches to development.

Bloomberg, who served three terms as mayor of New York and founder of a media company named after him, estimates Forbes at $ 70 billion.

He ran in the 2020 presidential primary as a Democrat, joined the race in 2019 and dropped out in March 2020. When he dropped out, he supported the then candidate Joe BidenJoe Biden US ambassador to the UN called Putin’s peacekeeping force “nonsense” The US is transferring employees of the Ukrainian embassy to Poland to hold an emergency meeting at the request of Ukraine..

“Innovation and adaptability are absolutely important to any large organization, and there is no organization bigger or more complex than the Department of Defense,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “It is a great honor for me to work with Secretary Austin, Deputy Secretary [Kathleen] Hicks, other senior Defense officials and innovators from government and business to help bring new ideas and external perspectives that can help protect Americans and our values, interests and allies around the world. ”

Updated at 15:34


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