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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, May 23, 2022
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The next NSIN newsletter will be on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.


Warfighters are preparing for the dynamic, modern threats of multi-domain warfare with the DoD’s exclusive red team in NSIN’s Adaptive Threat Force (ATF) program. ATF-trained warfighters innovate solutions against realistic, adaptive, and cohesive adversaries that reflect the modern capabilities of near-peer threats.


The top 150 computer-programming students will compete this week in the NSIN—and National Security Agency (NSA)—sponsored North America Championship of the 2022 International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). To help the DoD sustain qualified tech talent, students will also meet representatives from NSIN and NSA to discover career opportunities using their skills to solve national security problems.

MAY 25, 2022

Finalists in the hackathon will pitch solutions to visualize, monitor, and respond to cybersecurity events for a chance to win some of the  $70,000 prize pot to continue solution prototyping with the DoD. 


Skyline Nav AI, a four-time NSIN program alum, and a partner, received a $750,000 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II award from Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop alternatives to GPS like visualization and localization technologies.
NSIN X-Force Alum Perla Suarez and her University of Central Florida (UCF) team won second place at the 2022 NASA MINDS design competition for their research about the moon’s surface.

NSIN University Program Director John Griffin brings three decades of leadership and service in the Marine Corps to Northeastern University to bolster relationships among military, academic, and venture communities.


MAY 31, 2022

Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vares-Lum will join NSIN on May 31, at 1:30 p.m. EDT, for NSIN’s Diversity Unlocks Innovation Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Speaker Series. Vares-Lum was an intelligence officer whose assignments spanned the Cold War to the Iraq War. She was the first Native Hawaiian woman to be an Army general and was the face of the military for many of Hawaii’s leaders. Vares-Lum retired last year on her home island of Oahu after a 34-year military career and currently serves as President of the East-West Center.

JUNE 6, 2022

Applications are now open for companies to participate in NSIN Starts combat-feeding pitch competition to innovate research and engineering technologies for the Combat Feeding Division (CFD) in the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM)’s Soldier Center (SC). Two winning teams will each receive $100,000 to continue developing their technology with DEVCOM. Applications are due June 6.

JUNE 15, 2022

Educators interested in teaching students to work with the DoD to address the nation’s emerging security challenges can register now for the Hacking for Defense (H4D) Virtual Educators Course. The four-module course provides an overview of H4D and how to develop a successful program at your university. 

AUG. 11, 2022

Midwest ventures, entrepreneurs, and investors interested in doing business with the DoD can learn more about funding opportunities and meet with companies that have already expanded into defense markets at NSIN’s Defense Entrepreneurial Symposium.


Student-formed venture Holocron Technologies won $50,000 at Ohio State University’s President’s Buckeye Accelerator competition for the team’s artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to analyze data and intelligence information.


MAY 25, 2022

Join Blue Cyber Director Kelley Kiernan to learn about the proposed 110 security requirements for small businesses in the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Level 2 and National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication (NIST SP) 800-171.

MAY 26, 2022

Companies with innovative technologies to accelerate the development of hybrid-data architecture, ensuring the real-time movement of hybrid data across all domains, will demonstrate their concepts to potential partners at the DoD.

MAY 27, 2022 

DoD acquisition personnel will work alongside a Defense Innovation Unit  (DIU) contracting officer, project teams, and commercial solution providers on service-aligned projects in DIU’s Immersive Commercial Acquisition Program (ICAP). Participants in the program will study Other Transactional (OT) authorities through the Defense Acquisition University (DAU)’s OT Credentials Program, helping participants keep pace with commercial product cycles and adopt commercial procurement best practices. Applications to join ICAP are due May 27.

JUNE 4, 2022 

St. Louis area academia, innovators, and entrepreneurs are invited to participate in the St. Louis University SLUStart I-Corps program to get help pursuing an innovation or new venture concept and possibly qualify for up to $50,000 in non-dilutive financial support. Applications are due June 4.

JUNE 16, 2022 (In-person) 

Learn about modernization priorities in the Army for intelligence and security innovation. The event will also include information on technologies needed by the Army and projected contract solicitations.


Innovators can apply for three open Other Transaction (OT) agreements with Defense Innovation Unit (DIU):

Unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) capable of detecting and identifying objects and activities in the maritime domain. Submissions are due May 23.

Artificial intelligence or machine learning software for unclassified processing, assessing, and disseminating electro-optical aerial images. Submissions are due May 30.
Commercial-data solutions for global weather sensing via ground, air, and space-based platforms to improve global environmental situational awareness and analysis. Submissions are due May 31.

Research and development experts can support the Mayhem hypersonics missile development program, which is focused on delivering a system with multi-mission capabilities for the Air Force Research Lab Aerospace Systems Directorate (AFRL/RQ). Potential awards include an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) and an initial Task Order (TO). Submissions are due May 24

Ventures in the manufacturing industry can respond to request for quotes (RFQ) in the Rock Island Arsenal Modernization Program to modernize legacy manufacturing and maintenance facilities at Rock Island’s Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center. Applications for the eight RFQ opportunities are due May 26.
Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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