The Defense Innovation Unit is proud to attend the 2024 Pacific Operational Science & Technology (POST) Conference in Honolulu from March 4-7.

Hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association, POST delivers a platform for collaboration, innovation, and exploration of Department of Defense opportunities for joint research, development, and experimentation. Highlights of DIU Speaking engagement include a keynote by DIU Director Doug Beck and a fireside chat with National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) CEO David Norquist.

See below for the full schedule of where to find DIU during the conference.

DIU Speaking Engagements

Tuesday, March 5
Keynote Speech/Fireside Chat with NDIA CEO David Norquist
8:00-9:00 a.m. HST
Hawaii Convention Center

Discussion with:

  • Doug Beck, Director, DIU
  • David L Norquist, CEO, NDIA

Lessons Learned from EUCOM/UKR
1:15-3:00 p.m. HST
Sheraton Waikiki
Hawaii Convention Center


  • Curry Wright, Security Assistance Group- Ukraine (SAG-U)
  • Johannes Schonberg, NavalX Northwest Tech Bridge

Advancing INDOPACOM Initiatives
1:15-3:00 p.m. HST
Hawaii Convention Center


  • Eric Alborg - Defense Innovation Unit
  • COL Joe Gilbert, USA (Ret) - INDOPACOM Mission Network
  • Dr. Andre Stridiron - Pacific Multi-Domain Training and Experimentation Capability (PMTEC)
  • Wendy Marotta - USINDOPACOM

Hawaii On-Ramp Hub Ceremony
1:00 p.m. HST
The Mililani Building
521 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 262
Honolulu, HI

DIU Attendees:

  • Doug Beck, DIU Director
  • Karla Mastracchio, Sr. Communications Director
  • Alyssa Robertson, NSWC Crane Liaison and Acting Midwest Regional Director
  • Jesse Gipe, Acting National Operations Director
  • Cassie Muffley, Acting Defense Innovation OnRamp Hub Program Director

Join the National Security Innovation Network for the official opening of the Defense Innovation On-Ramp Hub: Hawaii. One of five Defense Innovation OnRamp Hubs launched this year in the United States, the Hawaii Hub will serve startups, academia, industry and other local talent and technology in order to leverage the innovation capability across Hawaii, connecting them directly to DoD needs and strengthening the defense industrial base.

Thursday, March 7
Commander’s INDOPACOM Update Brief
1:00-2:30 p.m. HST
Hawaii Convention Center

DIU Speakers:

  • Justin Norman, Portfolio Director (acting) and Technical Director Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

NDIA Events

Meet up with NSIN and others in the defense innovation community throughout the conference. Every day you will find science, technology, and security experts from industry, academia, and government.

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Contact Jesse Gipe, Acting National Operations Director, at, to meet DIU representatives at POST 2024.

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