We’re a small team of about 75 military and civilian personnel. Prior to joining DIU, we’ve launched and sold companies backed by tier-1 VCs; led teams at the Joint Staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the White House; served with our military around the world; and helped build some of Silicon Valley's most iconic companies.

  • Artificial Intelligence
    Leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning for operational impact
  • Autonomy
    Adopting and countering autonomous systems, with a focus on human-machine interaction and scalable teaming
  • Human Systems
    Countering emerging biological threats while enhancing survivability, training, biomedical protection, and performance.
  • Information Technology
    Making combat information open and accessible for operational forces
  • Space
    Developing on-demand access to space, persistent satellite capabilities, and broadband space data transfer


REQUIRED GRADE: O-3-O-5/GS-12-14 Equivalent (all services)

LOCATION: Mountain View, CA

Option 1: 15 Feb - 21 Jun 2019
Option 2: 15 Apr - 16 Aug 2019
Option 3: 8 Jul - 8 Nov 2019
Option 4: 19 Aug - 20 Dec 2019

QUALIFICATIONS: Must be an Acquisition Coded Individual serving in an Acquisition Billet

DESCRIPTION: DIU is focused on expanding the DoD’s access to innovative commercial technology and expediting the adoption of new technology to solve national defense problems. We are looking for forward leaning DoD acquisition professionals (O-3 - O-5 / GS-12 - GS-14) to join our Hacking Acquisition program, known as the HACQer program--a competitive detail (TDY) at DIU. HACQers will spend four months at DIU in Mountain View, CA or Boston, MA leading a project from problem statement curation through prototype contract award.

Applicants are encouraged to work with their chain of command to develop a DIU project (see Project Proposal Template) where commercial technology might be leveraged to create a prototype solution that may scale into a transformational capability. Applicants will then work with DIU in advance of the TDY to ensure a strategic fit. Applicants are not required to submit a project proposal document and will be strongly considered for selection regardless of whether they included this proposal or not. The DIU Overview Brief, available here, will be extremely helpful in providing some additional context about the DIU mission and battle rhythm.

Please direct any Questions to Major Daniel Nelson at or (650) 447-7638.

NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS: (all documents shall be uploaded into the online nomination form located at, which is available when you scroll to the bottom of this page.

- Endorsement memo from first O-6/GS-15 in Chain of Command
- Last Two OPRs - Military Only (Black out SSN)
- Resume (2 Page Limit)
- Three professional references
- Letter of Intent (why you want to participate in the DIU HACQer program) (1 page limit)
- Project proposal (optional, but encouraged, 2-page limit)

Application Period: 1 - 21 Dec 2018
Interview Period: 3 - 11 Jan 2019
Selectee Notification: 14 Jan 2019

If you're a service member interested in joining our team, please work with your chain of command to explore opportunities with DIU. If you're a civilian interested in joining our team, please check for opportunities on USAJOBS.