The Defense Innovation Ecosystem
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Director of Mid-Atlantic Region
National Security Innovation Network (NSIN)
Dan Madden, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director at NSIN, the Department of Defense’s national security technology accelerator, is a visiting scholar at Columbia University Entrepreneurship, and an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He also serves as an adjunct senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation.
Dan spent the last decade at the RAND Corporation conducting capability development and campaign assessment studies for the Department of Defense, helping to inform the Department’s modernization and planning efforts. 15 of these peer-reviewed reports have been publicly released, on topics ranging from special operations, acquisition, strategy, and North Korea.
Dan’s professional life began as an artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps. Subsequently Dan worked as military legislative assistant to the Oversight and Investigations Chair on the House Armed Services Committee. Dan also served as special assistant to an Under Secretary of Defense, where he led analysis of military personnel reforms, including a proposal that led to the expansion of maternity leave from 6 to 12 weeks for nearly 130,000 women.