Dan Doney - Participant

Dan Doney was assigned as Chief Innovation Officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) in February 2013. He is pursuing an aggressive strategy to reform agency operation building agility into the core of all DIA activities. This strategy, emphasizing leadership, empowerment, agility and partnerships, is designed to remove bureaucratic friction through the application of the entrepreneurial method enabling the agency to efficiently convert ideas to action.

Dan has been an innovator in a wide variety of fields (process automation, enterprise architecture and software development, financial modeling, organization theory, robotics, and signal processing) drawing on his background in social systems, control theory, software engineering, and artificial intelligence.

Before rejoining the intelligence community, Dan served in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Enterprise Service Delivery Office (ESDO) where he was a central figure in the implementation of the public/private cloud strategy. He helped establish the DHS cloud strategy, architected the migration of legacy systems to Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings, and developed enterprise solutions to take advantage of the new agility. Most notably, Dan was the senior architect for USCIS SelfCheck, a hybrid cloud application that won the 2012 Excellence in Government Award for its novel approach to citizen centric government.

Dan started his career as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. After his service in the military, he worked in industry in software development and business process automation. Dan served the bulk of his career in advanced research for the intelligence community – most recently at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) as technical lead on the Novel Intelligence from Massive Data (NIMD) and Collaboration and Analyst System Effectiveness (CASE) research programs. These programs investigated the application of network effect and complex adaptive system models to information foraging and collaborative sensemaking in support the intelligence community mission.

While at IARPA, he devised BRIDGE, a technology ecosystem and governance framework that enables government agencies to efficiently leverage innovation in industry and academia. BRIDGE is an open innovation an environment where the best ideas emerge and can be harvested to mission settings quickly. This framework enhanced technology discovery and evaluation while streamlining accreditation and integration – reinvigorating a slow moving government acquisition model that often missed disruptive technologies.

Dan graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1992 with a B.S. in Control Systems Engineering and an additional major in Economics, and received an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT in 1994. Dan and his wife Jodi have five lovely children and live near Annapolis, Maryland.



Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)


Chief Innovation Officer

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