In this era of Great Power competition, accessing talent is critical to maintaining our strategic advantage. The Department of Defense (DoD) is in a never-ending struggle to recruit and retain top talent. The highly agile, networked, diverse, and inclusive U.S. Military of the future will demand a flexible system that can better leverage the variety of experiences, special skills, and exceptional potential of our personnel, both full-time and part-time.
We're building a 21st century human capital management plan to ensure we get the best talent our nation has to offer. Our leaders and teams will embrace diversity and inclusion as a key element of readiness and lethality. We will get this right from day one.Gen Raymond, Chief of Staff, United States Space Force
Personnel serving in our nation's Reserve and National Guard units are highly-skilled across a variety of private sector industries and have the potential to make substantial contributions to DoD missions. Currently, however, the talent and expertise embedded in these units is undiscoverable and, therefore, underutilized by traditional talent identification processes. As a result, we must provide tailored, flexible, and unique talent management tools that can allow the DoD to operate at a pace equal to or faster than the rate of change. Increasing the visibility of Reserve and Guard personnel who possess specialized skills, unique experiences, and high potential will enable the Department to better meet its strategic objectives.
The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)'s GigEagle project aims to revolutionize talent management in the DoD by leveraging top talent on-demand. GigEagle will initially prototype a completely new way to optimize and engage talented Reserve and Guard personnel. GigEagle will increase DoD's ability to fluidly and effectively leverage its abundance of talent that is currently locked into supporting singular units. GigEagle will focus on staffing short-term “gig” project needs, ranging from four hours to several months in duration, many of which can be staffed remotely.
GigEagle has the potential to revolutionize how the Department thinks about talent management,” said Scott Sumner, GigEagle project manager and DIU contractor. “Our initial prototype on leveraging the expertise of National Guard and Reservists to help provide the skills needed for short-term DoD efforts will be instructive on how we use talent for the future.Scott Sumner, GigEagle Project Manager
Gig Eagle is a talent matching platform that allows interested DoD Reservists and Guard members to build profiles that highlight their civilian expertise and find short-term work within the DoD. By employing AI/ML methodologies, reservist profiles will be automatically matched to open requirements posted by DoD organizations needing specialty skills. The goal is to make finding and deploying suitable resources to meet specific needs as frictionless as possible. AI/ML algorithms will identify the right service members to serve in specific positions based on rare and valuable skill sets and/or unique expertise or experiences from the civilian world.
How are we defining the problems the DOD is facing?
There is no DOD Database for people's talent.
We have a mismatch of supply and demand.
There is no way to identify talent.
Gig Eagle's current focus on civilian skills from Reserve and National Guard is just the first incarnation of the platform. In future iterations, Gig Eagle could cast a much wider net to match skills and needs for a greater portion of the DoD.