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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Aug. 16, 2021
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Boasting a record-breaking cohort of 282 students, the NSIN X-Force Fellows presented their final projects to Department of Defense (DoD) problem sponsors last week. During the 10-week-long program, Fellows developed solutions ranging from military policy improvements to mechanical engineering. Read more about what the Fellows accomplished this summer. 


AUG. 31, 2021

EVENT: Calling NSIN alumni who are interested in a career with the Department of Defense (DoD). Join us for the 2021 NSIN National Service Hirethon. Apply by Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 5 p.m. EDT to attend this unique recruitment event on Aug. 31. More than a dozen participating DoD organizations will have virtual booths to welcome and interview interested applicants.


NEWS: Defense-innovation companies with ties to Omaha showcased their ventures at NSIN’s Defense Entrepreneurial Symposium (DES) held on Aug. 5. One of the featured Omaha-connected companies, Parasanti, recently won the NSIN Polar Vortex hackathon. In addition, DES featured a keynote address by U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, a retired Air Force Brigadier General who represents Nebraska’s 2nd District. 

NEWS: Jake Laktas has been appointed the NSIN Midwest regional director. In his new role, Laktas is strengthening relationships between defense, academia, and venture communities across Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas. His appointment provides innovators across the Midwest more access to opportunities to develop innovative solutions for national security challenges.

MEDIA: Arizona State University (ASU) faculty, researchers, and students are creating companies to solve today’s most pressing national security challenges. Through the NSIN National Security Academic Accelerator (NSA2) program, ASU teams have advanced 16 technologies, including a high-performance computing (HPC) framework, which is poised to secure additional funding for development with the DoD. 

MEDIA: HELIOS (High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-Dazzler and Surveillance) is a new integrated weapon system that enhances the U.S. Navy’s combat effectiveness and saves critical inventory. The new program is being developed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) in Indiana. 

MEDIA: Slingshot Aerospace, a company that grew from an NSIN Hacking for Defense (H4D) course, was selected to have its Slingshot Beacon software participate in a pilot program to test the communication capabilities of satellite operators to track space conditions and satellite paths in order to prevent orbital collisions.


EVENT: Can you innovate the Massachusetts National Guard (MANG)? Join the 2021 Patriot Pitch challenge and submit a minimum one-page summary describing the problem and its solution by Oct. 3. For inspiration, view the finalists from last year’s Patriot Pitch challenge.


NEWS: Carlos Del Toro, a retired Navy commander and businessman, served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years and worked in defense programs related to shipbuilding, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and space systems.

AUG. 17, 2021

EVENT: Small businesses will pitch solutions to solve one of the DoD’s top
priorities— developing technology to modernize the nuclear triad.

AUG. 18, 2021

EVENT: Technology entrepreneurs and researchers who are interested in Department of the Air Force (DAF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are encouraged to attend this informational webinar.

AUG. 19, 2021

EVENT: Small businesses that develop space technology will pitch their solutions for a chance to win on-the-spot contract awards and partnerships with the U.S. Space Force (USSF) and the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC).


Awards ranging from $100,000-$600,000 are available to strengthen the acquisition of equipment and instruments for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) researchers at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving Institutions (MIs). Applications are due to the Army Research Office (ARO) by 4 p.m. EDT on Aug. 16.
Explore a matchmaking service for your company to find a required partner or subcontractor for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding with the Department of Air Force (DAF). In addition, offer your services as a potential partner or subcontractor on the Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX) platform.
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