Transforming technology within the
Department of Defense
Solving big problems.
Supporting critical missions.
The Defense Digital Service (DDS) hires top technologists on term-limited "tours of duty" to help build better services and solutions. Our mission is to drive a giant leap forward in the way the Department builds, buys and deploys technology and digital services.
The Department of Defense defends and protects our nation's military and civilians across the globe. However, complex systems and outdated tools can hinder this mission. We use design and technology to improve government services, strengthen national defense, and care for military members and their families. Explore some of our projects below.
Hack The Pentagon
The Defense Digital Service launched Hack the Pentagon, the first bug bounty program in the history of the federal government. Since kicking off in 2016, the Hack the Pentagon program has engaged ethical hackers and leading security researchers across the globe to help the DOD to identify and remedy thousands of security vulnerabilities.
Code.mil is an experiment in open source at the U.S. Department of Defense in cooperation with Code.gov. The goal is to foster open collaboration with the developer community around the world on DOD open source projects. During the first phase, which launched in early 2017, the Defense Digital Service wrote a strategy for open sourcing code written by DOD employees and called upon the F/OSS developer community to help us finalize that plan.
Built in collaboration with military familes, Move.mil is the first stop for service members, their families and Department of Defense Civilians to plan their next Permanent Change of Station, Retirement, or Separation move. The site was completely overhauled by the Air Force Digital Service with the goal of providing key information to customers throughout each phase of their move.
ANET is a system used by NATO advisors deployed to Afghanistan to track engagements with their Afghan Government counterparts. The legacy system had connectivity and usability flaws hindering the mission. Using modern software development practices, a small team of DDS engineers built a faster system with better usability that was fully deployed on a classified network to roughly 800 advisors across Afghanistan. ANET has been handed over to NATO for ongoing development and maintenance. Unclassified source code was also released on Code.mil.
MIRS Form Transfer
As part of work on the MEPCOM Integrated Resource System (MIRS), the technical system that underpins the "accessions" process by which recruits are sworn into the military, the Defense Digital Service setup electronic records transfer between the MEPCOM systems and the Army, Navy, and Air Force human resources systems. This freed recruits from having to carry frequently lost paperwork from the accessions station to boot camp --- as well as keeping staff from having to re-enter the data by hand! Since launch in late 2017, this system has saved over 1.5 million pages of paper from being carried back and forth.
Army Cyber Partnership
The Defense Digital Service launched a program to engage and support technical talent within the U.S. Army Cyber Command. Through a series of collaborative projects, highly-trained Army officers and soldiers work side-by-side with DDS civilians in unclassified, collaborative, startup-like spaces. Examples of projects include developing drone detection technologies, hunting adversaries on DOD networks, and redesigning training for cyber soldiers.
The Defense Digital Service is a SWAT team of nerds working to improve technology across the Department of Defense. We hire world-class designers, engineers, product managers, and bureaucracy hackers from diverse backgrounds to work on high-impact projects at the Pentagon and across the globe. Team members develop code, manage technical projects or product releases, and rewire outdated IT approaches.
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We work alongside service members and civil servants across the Defense Department. DOD civilians and military members with technical expertise can apply to work with DDS on short-term details.TDY to DDS