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Bloomberg appointed to Defense Innovation Advisory Board | Tech News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Wednesday nominated former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to be the next chairman of a key advisory committee.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced that he recommends Bloomberg lead the Defense Innovation Board, which advises on new ideas and technological issues.

Shortly after taking over as head of the Pentagon, Austin completely revamped the department’s advisory councils, shutting down their operations and essentially purging their members, including a number who were appointed in the final days of the Trump administration. .

Boards have slowly restarted, with a few new members and others returning. In naming Bloomberg, the department noted the billionaire’s “wealth of experience” as a business innovator.

Bloomberg founded financial data and media company Bloomberg LP and launched Bloomberg Philanthropies, one of the nation’s largest philanthropic organizations. He campaigned unsuccessfully for the Democratic presidential nomination in the last election and later endorsed Joe Biden, including substantial financial backing.

The council provides advice to senior defense leaders on how to accelerate innovation to respond to national security threats.

Austin also agreed on Wednesday to allow eight other councils to start operating again, in addition to the innovation panel. They include the National Security Education Board, the National Security Agency Emerging Technologies Panel, and the Advisory Board for the National Reconnaissance Office. He approved the restart of 27 other councils last year.

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