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DIU Deputy Director, Strategic Engagement Head Mike Madsen Receives First Wash100 Award

Mike Madsen, deputy director and director of strategic engagement at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), has received his first Wash100 Award, the most significant award in government contracting (GovCon), for his leadership, innovation and success to drive commercial technology and partnerships to advance IT capabilities for both sectors. 

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Madsen is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel who joined DIU, then Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, in 2018 to serve as head of operations in Washington, D.C.

DIU currently has 35 projects in the works and seven of those are priority projects that seek to transform the department’s capability and capacity. Madsen said the unit also scaled its Commercial Solutions Opening process and OTAs to help other defense organizations with their rapid acquisitions.

His 22-year career at the Air Force included time as a senior Air Force adviser to the director for cost assessment and program evaluation at the office of the secretary of defense, division chief in legislative liaison within the office of the secretary of the Air Force and as a decorated combat pilot.

Executive Mosaic congratulates Mike Madsen for his 2021 Wash100 Award. His vision as well as his drive for innovation in the federal and commercial sectors demonstrates the impact that he has on the tech landscape and the level of excellence he’s achieved to earn a Wash100 Award.

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