The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum: The Summit Series and YPO of the National Security ecosystem

It is folly to underestimate the power of informal networks. The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF), also referred to as the Virtuous Insurgency, is an organization that was started to disrupt the status quo within DoD. Over the years it has grown into an amorphous, broad reaching network that has drawn members from sectors as diverse as AI, green tech, policy, DoD, NGOs to the start-up ecosystem. The common uniting factor and rallying cry of this seemingly disparate cohort — serving side by side to positively impact a more innovative culture within the National Security landscape. There was a time around 2009 when organizations like The Sandbox Network, The Nexus Global community and Summit

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