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Michael Madsen

Acting Director, Defense Innovation unit

Federal Leadership

Michael Madsen is no stranger to federal leadership, having served as the deputy director and director of strategic engagement for the Defense Innovation Unit since 2018. But recently, he took that leadership to the next level, assuming the role of DIU’s acting director when Mike Brown, his former boss, stepped down in the early fall. Now, Madsen is helping lead the search for the next DIU director with Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks. At the same time, he remains focused on leading DIU’s mission of accelerating the adoption of commercial technology for defense and national security.