Google’s Eric Schmidt working with US Department of Defence to improve technology

Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google-owner Alphabet, is to head up a new Defense Innovation Advisory Board to help improve the tech used at the Pentagon.

Schmidt will lead up to a dozen members on the board, comprised of "individuals who have led large private and public organizations, and excelled at identifying and adopting new technology concepts,” according to reports.

Schmidt was appointed to the role by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carton earlier this week.

Carter said Schmidt had a “unique perspective on the latest practices in harnessing and encouraging innovation”.

"If we don’t innovate and be competitive, we’re not going to be the military that the country needs and deserves," Carter said earlier this week.

Schmidt has already drafted a list of potential members to join him on the board.