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Dan Ward is the author of The Simplicity Cycle: A Field Guide To Making Things Better Without Making Them Worse (HarperBusiness, 2015) and F.I.R.E.: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation (HarperBusiness, 2014).
Prior to launching Dan Ward Consulting, he served for more than 20 years as an engineering officer in the US Air Force, where he specialized in leading high-speed, low-cost technology development programs and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While on active duty, he helped establish the Air Force Research Laboratory’s rapid innovation process and led multiple projects from the design phase through testing, fielding, and user training.
Dan spoke at South By Southwest and The Lean Start Up Conference, and has testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. His expertise on innovation has been featured in publications from the White House, the US Senate and the British Parliament. His writings have appeared in a variety of outlets including Fast Company, Forbes, Harpers, The Boston Globe, Armed Forces Journal, Small Wars Journal, Time Magazine’s Battleland blog, the Pakistani Army’s magazine Hilal and the British Army Yearbook.
Dan holds three engineering degrees and received the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan leading a team of officers from five different countries. He is a Senior Associate Fellow with the British Institute for Statecraft and a Non-Resident Cybesecurity Fellow with the New America Foundation. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.