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What is Hopper?

Hopper is DEF’s innovation consultancy for the national security community. Hopper brings the expertise of DEF’s national security expert network together with cutting edge approaches to refine complex problems, integrate expert perspectives, and develop recommended solutions, plans, and/or policies for project sponsors.

How does it work?

A DEF member or problem sponsor from within the national security enterprise brings a discrete challenge to the Hopper Team, provides a synopsis of the challenge, commits to support as the problem owner for the project’s duration, and identifies the desired product (briefing, report, prototype, or implementation plan). If the proposal is selected as a Hopper project, the Hopper Team will conduct an ideation session with the problem owner(s), working together to identify experts to consult from across the DEF community and facilitate a series of exercises that address all aspects of the problem. These facilitated activities can occur virtually or in-person, depending on the project’s requirements and problem owner’s proximity to sponsors and collaborators. From these efforts, the Hopper Team will work with appropriate DEF members to develop the final product and present the findings to the sponsor.

Hopper Team


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