Raj Shah

Visiting Fellow
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Raj Shah is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. Shah is a technology entrepreneur and investor.  Most recently he was the Managing Partner of the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), reporting directly to the Secretary of Defense.  Raj led DIUx in its efforts to strengthen our Armed Forces through contractual and cultural bridges between Silicon Valley and the Pentagon.  Previously he was senior director of strategy at Palo Alto Networks, which acquired Morta Security, where he was CEO and Co-Founder.  He began his business career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co.  Raj serves as an F-16 pilot in the Air National Guard and has completed multiple combat tours.  He holds an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from The Wharton School. 

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Recent Commentary


Maintaining America’s Technological Edge: Build On Our Strengths

by Steve Blank, Joseph Felter, Raj Shahvia National Interest
Saturday, January 30, 2021

The Biden administration must build a Civil-Military Alliance ensuring our leadership in science and in industry, while maintain our core values.

Analysis and Commentary

Pentagon Advisory Boards Need To Offer 10X Ideas, Not 10% Ones

by Steve Blank, Raj Shah, Joseph Feltervia Defense One
Saturday, January 30, 2021

DoD's 40-plus boards must be restructured to help the department think far bigger.