(Bloomberg) -- Chris Lynch is easy to spot walking the Pentagon’s sprawling corridors: He’s the guy wearing a hoodie and sneakers amid all the crisp military uniforms. Instead of a placard with his name, the sign outside the office he leads says "Rebel Alliance."

With its open rows of Apple computers, whiteboards and “Star Wars” imagery lining the walls, Lynch’s free-flow work space at the Pentagon’s Defense Digital Service would be familiar to Silicon Valley programmers. But it’s atypical for federal agencies, and that’s the point.

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