DEF Boston will be hosting our next Drink & Think on Thursday, 18 April at 6:00 PM at The Air Force Accelerator by Techstars in Boston. The MITRE Corporation is currently supporting the Department of Defense to transform policies, procedures, and training to enable program offices to thrive in the rapid acquisition and agile DevOps environments. This DEF event is a conversation to address the top innovation barriers for entrepreneurs trying to participate in the DoD acquisition environment, followed by a presentation on recommended tools and techniques to assist.

We look forward to hearing from Dan Ward and Deb Zides about their perspectives on these important topics! Come join a host of other people that care about national security innovation to talk about ongoing projects and upcoming events (perhaps even discussing a DEFx Boston event). We’d love to hear about some of your awesome ideas! Register here 


  • Background: MITRE’s role in supporting changes to defense policies at the OSD level and how this helps DEF community (10 min)
  • Discussion: Understand the current DEF Climate from Audience Perspective (20 min)
  • What is the #1 entrepreneur challenge that keeps you up at night?
  • If you were king/queen for a day, what is the #1 change you would instill in the Defense Acquisition environment to improve innovation?
  • Presentation: Available tools/training/networking solutions (30-45 min)
  • Networking (1 hour)

The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum is a non-profit network of problem solvers in the military, government and private sector that work together to increase innovation and support disruptive thinkers in the national security space. The mission of DEF is “Inspire – Connect – Empower” and involves not only monthly gatherings around the world, but periodic DEFx events, an annual conference, and ongoing collaboration via Slack, Facebook and LinkedIn. DEF communities usually meet once a month to hear innovative leaders, entrepreneurs and authors share their stories and to get new ideas flowing in a casual environment (where uniforms and rank are left at the door).

If you are a military member, work in government, are an entrepreneur focused on national security, or find the idea of helping solve tough problems enticing, then the DEF’s monthly Drink & Thinks are great ways to learn more.


Why should I register? Taking the couple minutes it takes to register helps the local DEF team to better prepare the planned space and coordinate with the restaurant for everyone who plans on attending. Thanks in advance!

What are my transportation/parking options? Parking is available in the broader area and the venue is a decent rideshare away from most places.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Feel free to message DEF any questions you may have on Facebook in advance, or shoot us an email. We don’t like spam, but are interested in just about anything else that falls into DEF lanes, so, when in doubt, reach out! We are, after all, about connecting people.