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DDS is a member of the U.S. Digital Service

Transforming technology within the
Department of Defense

An agency team of the U.S. Digital Service, using
design and technology to improve the lives of American citizens.

Photo credit: Maciek Jasik ©

By the people. For the people.

The Department of Defense defends and protects our nation's military and civilians across the globe. Our projects range widely, from strengthening our national security, to taking care of our Veterans, or deploying next-generation GPS for billions of people. However, oftentimes our progress is hindered by outdated tools and practices that lag far behind private sector standards.

Our mission is to drive a giant leap forward in the way DoD builds and deploys technology and digital services. We work alongside our public servants and service members, empowering them to incorporate private sector best practices and talent to build a better future now.

Our work

We apply industry experience in shipping products to help deliver in-progress strategic or challenged projects. Explore some of the projects we’ve tackled:

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Hack the Pentagon

The Defense Digital Service launched Hack the Pentagon, the first bug bounty program in the history of the federal government. The program won praise from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who wrote: “I am confident this innovative initiative will strengthen our digital defenses and ultimately enhance our national security.”
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Next Generation GPS

The next generation of GPS control systems is currently being built to better withstand malicious hacks and become a more accurate navigation technology used by billions of people, both civilian and military. DDS is working on-site alongside the contractor to stabilize and speed up development.
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Service Treatment Records for Veterans

After uncovering an issue where technical limitations were preventing Veteran's medical records from being properly sent from DoD to VA, a DDS team was able to work on-site with an existing contractor to modernize the pipeline and ensure Veterans receive their benefits timely and correctly.
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Defense Travel System Modernization

Three million DoD employees book billions of dollars of travel each year through the Defense Travel System, but the application is old and has not kept pace with commercial best practices. We're conducting a pilot project to modernize the systems that support military travel and provide a better user experience for uniformed and civilian personnel.

Our team

Government is not an abstract institution or a concept. Our government is us. Meet some members of the Defense Digital Service who have signed on for nerd tours of duty:

 (University of Kentucky / ©) For technology folks, this is a fantastic time to consider government service. Why not try something new?

Matt Cutts


Previously: Google

 (Lisa Wiswell / USGW) I've spent the last decade in government feeling frustrated that I wasn't making an impact. DDS has been an amazing platform for pushing ideas forward and actually creating change. It's like instant gratification.

Lisa Wiswell

Bureaucracy Hacker

Previously: OSD Cyber Policy

 (Chris Lynch / ©) Launching the Defense Digital Service has been one of the best experiences in my career. Every day we get to help push for change and transformation on the front lines of one of the largest, most impactful organizations in the world – the Department of Defense.

Corey Harrison

White House Fellow

Previously: ICIMS

 (Matt Cutts / USGW) No part of organizational power can be surgically deployed from the top, only as blunt force.


Rogue Leader

Previously: Google

 (Lori Thomas / ©) They just let you fix things.

Lori Thomas


Previously: Google

 (Public Domain) This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve my country as a product innovator and technologist that will lead to lasting benefits for generations to come. That sort of wide scale impact was simply too hard to pass up!

Shardul Mehta

Serial Product Guy

Previously: Diamond Mind, Capital One, ProductCamp DC

 (Matt Cutts / USGW) :shipit: (even from a Black Hawk)

Nick Small


Previously: Shopify

 (Joni Cooper / USGW) The work is challenging, but extremely rewarding. If it were easy, none of us would be here.

Reina Staley


Previously: Indiana University

 (Leah Schoonover / Public Domain) Better and Perfect are the enemies of What-Is-Actually-Needed. (Alan Kay)

Eric Schoonover


Previously: Time Inc

 (Chris Lynch / ©) This is a precious moment in time.

Chris Lynch

Fearless Leader

Previously: Serial Entrepreneur

 (Lisa Kruppa / ©) In every part of government, there are dedicated public servants who work to challenge the status quo. The digital service exists for those people, and because of those people.

Mary Lazzeri

Tech Policy Advisor

Previously: Office of Management and Budget, White House

 (Nick Small / USGW) :american_flag:

Hunter Pitelka


Previously: Palantir

 (Tara Brown Photography / ©) Government hates two things: 1. Change 2. The way things currently are.

Brandon Bouier


Previously: Seattle Police Department

 (Nick Lesiecki / ©) I joined DDS because I'm passionate about preventing sexual assault in the military, and I'm excited to get a chance to fix that problem. Plus, whoever thought I'd be walking the halls of the Pentagon?

Nick Lesiecki


Previously: Google

 (Dav Zimak / USGW) There is no greater joy than the conception of opportunity at that moment "can't" becomes *can*.

Jon Mostowski

Acquisition Strategist

Previously: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

 (Public Domain) Excited to nerd-serve my country. Come join us!

Daniel Hoag


Previously: Google

 (Aarti Jesrani / ©) It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. (Harry Truman)

Deap Ubhi

Product Manager

Previously: Amazon

 (Sebastien Diebler / ©) Well done is better than well said (Ben Franklin)

Sebastien Diebler


Previously: Qualys

 (Tom Bereknyei / USGW) Any organization can solve problems; only a few can solve more than they cause.

Tom Bereknyei

Engineer/Major, USMC


 (IDEO / ©) Unquotable

Andrew Lovett-Barron

Product Designer

Previously: IDEO

Software is made out of people.

Software is made out of people.

Carla Geisser

Software Exorcist

Previously: Google,

 (Sharon Woods / ©) If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. (Albert Einstein)

Sharon Woods


Previously: Navy/SPAWAR

Join us

We want YOU!

We need passionate designers, software engineers, product managers and others, who are committed to making the Department of Defense's critical systems simple, fast and easy to use. You'll be working alongside brilliant civil servants and tech folk from across government and industry.

The Defense Digital Service is an agency team of the U.S. Digital Service headquartered at the White House, so every application goes through the USDS hiring pipeline. When applying, please write that you are interested in joining the Defense Digital Service team in the "Anything Else" section.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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