Bringing in new talent to solve hard, national security challenges.

The Talent Portfolio provides inspiration and opportunity for individuals outside the traditional federal talent pipeline to serve our country and solve real-world national security, technology, and policy challenges. By bridging the gap between students, academics, and entrepreneurs to engage with the Department of Defense (DoD), NSIN is helping build a deep bench of diverse, qualified civilian and military workers to preserve our competitive emerging technology advantage with resilient personnel trained for the unpredictable global operating environment.

People are the most valuable resource to achieving the mission.

Explore our Talent Portfolio programs to learn more.


The NSIN Azimuth program is a unique mission-driven, service-learning course in which NSIN partners with universities and DoD Mission Partners to address real-time problems encountered by the DoD through hands-on innovation methodologies. Learning paired with real-world application allows students to hone new skills quickly and produce early-stage solutions to the problems at hand.


NSIN Bootcamp develops speed and efficiency in solving government problems. Facilitated by a university teaching team, the program brings innovation tools and practices to bear on the DoD’s toughest problems.


The NSIN Capstone program is an opportunity for student technologists and entrepreneurs to serve their country and provide solutions to the DoD while solving real-world national security challenges via existing university capstone courses.

Flightpath Fellowship

Ths Flightpath Fellowship program provides Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets with opportunities to learn innovative practices to address real world national security problems from across the DoD.


Commercializing breakthrough defense technologies to solve national security problems. The NSIN Foundry program, in partnership with FedTech, matches cutting-edge DoD technologies with teams of entrepreneurs during intensive, five-month cohorts.

Hacking for Defense

Hacking for Defense is a 10-16 week college course pairing interdisciplinary teams with DoD organizations, utilizing entrepreneurial methods to solve national security problems.


Maker offers prototyping solutions for accepted novel solutions from NSIN programming, allowing customers to turn ideas from the abstract and theoretical into practical and real prototypes.


The X-Force Fellowship is a summer internship program that provides undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates a chance to serve their country by solving real-world national security problems in collaboration with the DoD.

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