Jonathan “Dustr” Hudgins, Major, USAFR

Defense Engagement Team, AI/ML Portfolio

Defense Innovation Unit

Jonathan leads defense engagement for the artificial intelligence and machine learning portfolio within DIU’s Defense Engagement Team (DET) and is based in Boston, Massachusetts. DIU’s mission is to accelerate the adoption of dual-use commercial technology into the Department of Defense. Jonathan is a part-time reservist with the Air Force / MIT AI Accelerator where he works with a team of innovative Active Duty and Reserve Airmen in partnership with MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) to improve Air Force and global humanitarian initiatives.

Prior to joining DIU, Jonathan was a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he focused his studies on emerging technologies and geopolitics. At Harvard, Jonathan was a Research Assistant to former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and the Technology and Public Purpose Project. Prior to his graduate studies, Jonathan served on active duty for 12 years, most recently as a Staff Officer and Strategist at the 607th Air Operations Center, Osan Air Base, South Korea. Before serving in the Republic of Korea, Jonathan was an F-15E Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander with deployments to Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates. Jonathan is a graduate of the United States Air Force’s Air Command and Staff College, Electronic Warfare Coordinator Course, Contingency Wartime Planning Course, Squadron Officer School, and the Air and Space Basic Course.

Jonathan has a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, a Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations from American Military University and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder.