The Pentagon has tapped some of science and technology’s greatest minds to help innovate U.S. military capabilities and culture, and members of this panel say they will continue serving in the Trump administration if asked.
Eric Schmidt, the chairman of the board and chairman of Google's parent company, Alphabet, said he expects everyone to stay on to serve under retired General James Mattis, if the board is invited to continue its work.
“No one has told me they are leaving,” Schmidt told reporters at the Pentagon Monday after a first board meeting since the presidential election.
Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson told reporters the board is there to serve the country, not one particular administration.
The Defense Innovation Board was created by Defense Secretary Ash Carter in April 2016 to incorporate some of the technological innovations and practices of Silicon Valley into the military.
The board voted Monday to approve 11 recommendations for the Department of Defense, including appointing a new chief innovation officer, establishing a career track for computer scientists in the military, and assessing cyber security vulnerabilities of advanced weapons.