Welcome!

About Our Community

The Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF) started as a movement of passionate doers that saw a need for greater innovation in the defense and national security community.

We have continued to experiment and learn since our first national conference in 2013, with members from across defense, intelligence, policy, academic and private sector circles who care about making a positive difference using their unique skills and experiences.

We inspire, connect and empower people committed to U.S. national security in order to promote a culture of innovation.

Contrary to what the name might suggest, DEF is designed for people working in national security. We use the word "entrepreneur" to evoke a mindset of delivering value, but do not structure our work around startups or businesses in the private sector (though like-minded individuals from those backgrounds are still welcome to join). 

If you feel that DEF is your tribe, we would love to have you join the virtuous insurgency! 

Let's start with the basics:


You are welcome to share more about yourself below, if you would like (some of these fields will populate the member directory if you opt-in):

Membership

DEF is free - we value diversity and recognize that low barriers to entry are important to cultivate a vibrant community. If you would like to support our community financially, feel free to select an option with annual or monthly donation.

Automatic renewal is set as the default so you do not lose access to community resources ("Member for Life") - monthly donations auto-renew as well, but can be adjusted from your account. If you ever have any questions, you can email hello@def.org.

Account

Please create a login name and password to manage your membership (i.e., view donation history, renew, etc.) and access the member directory. Your password must be at least eight characters long, and contain at least one number.


We only want real people to receive DEF Community invitations. After the Captcha, just choose whether to be listed in the Member DIrectory, click the "Submit" button, and you're in! You'll receive a welcome email and invitation to Slack shortly.

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