04/23/2019 - For immediate release
New DDS Director to Expand High-Impact Technology Initiatives
Public, private sector technologist Brett Goldstein named Defense Digital Service Director
The Department of Defense announced today Brett Goldstein has been appointed Director of the Defense Digital Service (DDS) based at the Pentagon. DDS is an agency team of the U.S. Digital Service, which is part of the Office of Management and Budget. Goldstein was recruited by Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan and will be a direct report, tackling critical technology problems for the department.
The Defense Digital Service is a team charged with bringing in top talent, technology and processes from the private sector to tackle technology problems of impact across the Department of Defense. DDS projects advance DOD's most important initiatives that are critical to the well-being of service members, civilians, and core operations of the department. Team members include top technologists, designers, engineers, and other experts on term-limited 'tours of duty for nerds' at the Pentagon.
"Under the leadership of Chris Lynch, DDS has hacked the bureaucracy to strengthen our national security and improve the lives of service members and their families," said Acting Secretary Shanahan. "Although we will miss Chris, the unique startup culture he built and the talented team he recruited will continue to disrupt and transform technology at the DOD. We are excited for Brett to be taking on the role of director to build and expand the team and its work. His public and private sector knowledge, technical expertise, and commitment to improving government through technology will be invaluable to a range of critical missions across the department."
At DDS, Goldstein will focus on continuing to recruit top technical talent from the private sector along with supporting and empowering personnel and service members within the department. He was selected for his diverse leadership experience and technical expertise, which range from enterprise systems and architecture to deep knowledge of data science and cybersecurity, which will be among his early priorities at the department.
Since opening its doors in 2015, DDS has tackled a wide range of critical problem sets at the DOD. Examples of DDS initiatives include: launching the federal government's first bug bounty program 'Hack the Pentagon'; reforming digital services that provide military families critical health benefits; building next-generation GPS; developing drone detection technologies; hunting adversaries on DOD networks; leading the JEDI cloud procurement; overhauling the logistics system that helps military families move; and redesigning training for cyber soldiers. DDS Director and co-founder Chris Lynch will be stepping down this month.
Brett Goldstein Bio
Mr. Goldstein has served in leadership roles in government, private sector, and academia. He began his career as an early employee at OpenTable where he helped grow the startup into a multinational company. Following the September 11th terrorist attacks, he joined the Chicago Police Department where he earned the rank of commander. He then served as the nation's first municipal Chief Data Officer in the City of Chicago—later assuming the role of the city's Chief Information Officer. He also founded a venture capital fund dedicated to cultivating technology startups that bring new solutions to critical urban problems.
Goldstein has also held fellowships at the University of Chicago and Harvard University. Throughout his career, Goldstein has pursued mission-driven roles. He is deeply committed to using data and technology to support smarter government and improved services. He most recently served as a special advisor to the Navy.
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Defense Digital Service
The Defense Digital Service is a team of top tech talent on a tour of duty at the Pentagon to improve technology across the Department. DDS applies industry best practices to high-impact national security missions and tackles some of DoD’s most complex IT challenges. Projects include reforming digital services that provide military families access to critical benefits, developing drone detection technologies, hunting adversaries on DoD networks, and redesigning training for cyber soldiers. DDS is an agency team of the U.S. Digital Service. The DDS Director reports directly to the Secretary of Defense.