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About the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group

Strengthening our understanding of the relationship between the Department of Defense and its industrial base.

DIIG provides timely, in-depth analysis on the critical issues at the cross-section of the Department of Defense and its industrial base. With a focus on defense acquisition trends, technological innovation, and ongoing reform efforts, DIIG monitors important developments in the global defense industry. DIIG’s products consist of major research projects, published reports, commentaries, interviews, and events.

With a combination of extensive scholarly expertise and practical experience, DIIG offers unmatched strategic insights to both policymakers and the broader public. Moreover, by bringing together people with a wide range of perspectives (including government officials, industry leaders, legislative staffers, watch dogs, and academic experts), DIIG is able to identify common ground within the increasingly complex defense acquisition community.

Through years of analytical research, DIIG has strengthened its capabilities to draw from large databases (notably the Federal Procurement Data System) and millions of transaction records in order to present information in a clear, meaningful way. With each new project, the DIIG team builds on past efforts by developing new, innovative methods to interpret government contracting data. Our research goes beyond the identification of major defense acquisition trends to look at the causes and implications of these trends, as well as what we should expect to see in the future.

DIIG also continues to collaborate with the broader International Security Program by looking at the role that defense acquisition plays in other issue areas such as strategy, budgets, and force structure. For more on such projects, visit Defense 360.

Main Topic Areas

Leveraging Innovation

Understanding the new global innovation ecosystem and its implications for national security, DIIG fosters critical dialogue on how to leverage technology in support of national security.


Improving Acquisition

Convening experts and policy makers to discuss the workings of the defense acquisition system, DIIG explores potential reforms to deliver responsive, efficient acquisition in support of future missions.


Impact of Budget Constraints

Leveraging data and acquisition expertise, DIIG analyzes the effects of the defense drawdown on the defense industrial base.


Evolving Partnership Between DoD & Industry

Engaging in dialogue with DoD and industry partners, as well as through focused research, DIIG explores this critical partnership and its effect on important defense topics.


Regional Studies

Extending beyond analysis of U.S. defense trends, DIIG also tracks trends in defense spending, defense policy, and defense industrial base activities in regions such as Europe and Asia.