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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Nov. 29, 2021
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The 2022 NSIN X-Force Fellowship student application and military problem sponsor submission deadline is now Jan. 21, 2022. The X-Force program addresses real-world military problems that require technical and entrepreneurial expertise. Through the X-Force Fellowship, NSIN matches DoD sponsors with a small team of Fellows with diverse viewpoints and skill sets that match the project needs. 


Registration opens today for the first NSIN Hacks iteration of 2022. Innovators will compete to develop solutions for autonomous vehicles traversing rugged terrain in austere environments. The Off the Beaten Path hackathon begins Jan. 24, 2022.


MEDIA: Team NSIN and officials representing several academic institutions, including Vanderbilt University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Duke University, Syracuse University, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of North Carolina System, participated in an innovation orientation day at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

MEDIA: Leaders from Team NSIN and other DoD partners gathered with Colorado’s academic and venture communities at the Catalyst Accelerator’s summit to discuss the future of space modernization, cybersecurity, and space technology in development across the state.

MEDIA: Students at The Ohio State University last week participated in a two-day, NSIN-sponsored simulation placing students in real-world government, media, and private sector roles as they managed potential crises. Scenarios included terrorist attacks and ransomware cyber attacks, the identification of a new strain of coronavirus, and a nuclear accident at a power plant in Ohio. According to organizers, the 2021 simulation was the largest in the program’s history, with over 180 participants.

NEW DEC. 7, 2021, 4 p.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Learn about opportunities in national security for full-time employment, fellowships, and internships through NSIN’s Hirethon, Technology and National Security Fellowship (TNSF), and X-Force programs.

DEC. 10, 2021

EVENT: The Systems Engineering & Integration (SE&I) division of the Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3) enterprise within the U.S. Strategic Command is looking to hire both recent graduates and dedicated professionals who have training in systems, communications, or network engineering. If you have a background in data science, digital modeling, or cybersecurity, or if you have prior commercial or military experience with NC3-related systems, then SE&I might be the right place for you. 

AFRL: Robust Ultra-wideband Electronics Challenge

DEC. 15, 2021

EVENT: The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is seeking solutions to explore and demonstrate ultra-wideband and robust electronics technologies. The challenge scope includes advanced millimeter (MM)-Wave Technology, or the development of advanced machine learning techniques to enable dynamic and efficient spectrum management operations. Submissions are due Dec. 15.


NEWS: The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and its partners- the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and U.S. Space Force (USSF)- released their annual report on recommendations for improving and innovating the space industrial base. Main ideas of the report suggest how space is relevant to America’s priorities of infrastructure and manufacturing, jobs and talent, climate change, and as a platform for diplomacy.

DEC. 1, 2021, 2:30 p.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Join SPACEWERX’s webinar series to learn more about its upcoming Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) solicitation for capabilities to remove congestion and debris in space in order to maintain the long-term sustainability of the space domain. The next webinar is Dec. 1.

DEC. 9, 2021, 1 p.m. EST (Virtual)

EVENT: Learn about unmanned vehicles (UxV) and unmanned systems (UxS) development, experimentation, demonstration, acquisition, operations, and employment at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division (NSWCCD)’s Industry Day Dec. 9.


The xView3 Challenge prize competition is identifying the best computer vision algorithms to advance the fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The challenge, sponsored by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and Global Fishing Watch (GFW), will award a total of $150,000 to developers with selected solutions that harness satellite-based synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data to detect dark vessels. Submissions are due Nov. 30.
Army Contracting Command is issuing a request for information (RFI) for compliant Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR)/Electronic Warfare (EW) Modular Open Suite of Standards (CMOSS) software. The RFI will define the scope of work for prototypes that can receive up to $1 million in funding. Submissions are due Nov. 30.

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) posted a request for information (RFI) to discover solutions for personnel, equipment, and facilities for NRL to perform instrument systems engineering and research on issues such as advanced thermal, mechanical, optical, contamination, and systems engineering activities for space science instruments and experimental payloads. Submissions are due Dec. 3.

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