Lieutenant Colonel Enrique Oti is the Managing Director of the Air Force Element, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental. The unit was established by the Secretary of Defense to build relationships between Silicon Valley and the Department of Defense in order to scout for new technology and help bring innovative ideas back to the Pentagon.
Enrique earned his undergraduate degree in history from the US Air Force Academy; he holds a master's degree in strategic intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College and a master's degree in international relations from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, where he studied as an Olmsted Scholar. He is a cyber operations officer and regional affairs strategist for China, and has served in a variety of positions, including network operations, influence operations, strategic communication, and China strategy. He commanded an intelligence support squadron in Korea that supported intelligence collection from the U-2 and Global Hawk. Most recently, he was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, where he wrote on Chinese cyber strategies and cyberspace deterrence.