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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Aug. 29, 2022
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The next NSIN Newsletter will be on Monday, Sept. 12. 


ATLAS Space Operations makes global communication across networks simple and efficient for spacecraft and antenna operators. The team’s satellite software enables new and old technologies to operate across the same platform while improving the speed of bringing down data from space.  
Planck Aero helps its partners complete missions with confidence and trust in the unmanned aircraft autonomy of their fleets. The team’s drone technology enables safe and autonomous operations of moving vehicles and vessels on land or at sea.  
Spiral Tech helps organizations improve capabilities to keep and return assets into operations. The team’s augmented reality (AR) technology allows organizations to save time by completing inspections faster and with fewer errors.  
Candelytics and MIT are hosting an open-source dataset competition to help users identify 3D objects in a virtual environment. The objective is to identify and classify objects ranging from commercial inventories to military hazards on the battlefield. Winning teams can receive up to $45,000 in awards. Registration ends Sept. 30.  


Pat Mahaney, NSIN Senior Advisor, retired Gen. David Petraeus, and other experts spoke at the Irregular Warfare Initiative's forum "Urban Guerilla 2025: Irregular Warfare in the Dense Urban Environment” in New York City last week. The discussion with National Center for Urban Operations (NCUO) members focused on the significance and probability of irregular warfare in dense urban environments, and speakers shared applicable lessons to Ukraine from their experience in similar settings.
The 75th Innovation Command collaborated with Army Human Resources Command in a NSIN Bootcamp to identify issues and potential solutions to resolve the challenges of when retired Reserve and National Guard service members receive retirement benefits. At the end of the eight-week innovation skill building course, the teams presented their respective solutions to Brig. Gen. Heather Reuter, Deputy Commanding General, 75th Innovation Command.
Columbia University students enrolled in NSIN’s Hacking for Defense (H4D) course delivered their minimum viable product— a full-stack mobile application to address safety requirements at Army Reserve facilities— to the Army Reserve at the conclusion of the H4D course. By leveraging the engineering and research expertise of the students, the Army Reserve harnessed innovation from academia to solve its tech challenge.

Service Members and Government Civilians Only

Service members of all ranks and branches are invited to submit solutions through NSIN Source to help the Army identify current challenges limiting technological breakthroughs of biochemical agent sensors and high-fidelity environmental awareness. The winner will act as a transition partner, engaging with the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Army Research Laboratory (ARL) Environmental Chemistry Program Manager to develop their technology into a potential Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) topic. The submission deadline is Sept. 23.
National SEcurity Innovation Week in STL


SEPT. 14, 2022 (Virtual)

The top six teams of entrepreneurs from the 2022 NSIN Foundry cohort will pitch cutting-edge federal inventions to solve real-world challenges in the military and the private sector. The teams will compete for part of a $50,000 prize to continue commercializing the federal lab technology.  

SEPT. 21, 2022 (Virtual)

The 250 companies participating in MassChallenge's 2022 Startup Accelerator will demonstrate technologies for advancing innovation in commercial and military communities. Save the date for the NSIN-sponsored event to see how these entrepreneurs are developing next-generation solutions.

Access the power of NSIN to tackle the toughest DoD challenges.

NSIN Problem Intake Form


Submit your innovations that have the potential for infusion into National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) programs and missions, commercial markets, and societal benefits. A venture can receive up to $1 million over the first two phases of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award and is eligible for further funding opportunities. Submissions are due Sept. 1.  

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking for molecular and biological solutions to DoD operational challenges that exist in extreme cold weather with ice formation and downstream effects of that formation. Solutions are due Nov. 8.  

Follow the NSIN funding opportunities blog to identify funding across the defense innovation space.


SEPT. 13-14, 2022 (Hybrid)

Systems developers and operators with space mobility and logistics (SM&L) capabilities can demonstrate how their technologies will innovate the government’s future business, technical, and operational plans for SM&L.

OCT. 5, 2022 (Hybrid)

Join NAVSEA to hear from senior Navy leadership, Program Executive Offices (PEOs), and various NAVSEA Directorates about opportunities for small businesses. Participants will learn more about NAVSEA’s programs, strategic direction, and opportunities for small businesses to engage in prime and subprime contracting.

Demo Day: VR/AR, Zero Trust, and Hybrid Edge Capabilities

OCT. 12-13, 2022 (In-person)

Join DoD program offices, entrepreneurs, and investors at the Hanscom Collaboration & Innovation Center’s Light the Lantern Demo Day. Ventures will showcase innovations for national security such as virtual reality/artificial reality (VR/AR), zero trust, and hybrid edge technologies.
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OCT. 24-16, 2022 (In-person)

Technologists and engineers from across the Pacific will collaborate with government officials, investors, prime contractors, federal SBIR/STTR program representatives, and other supporting agencies at this year’s conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. Entrepreneurs will have opportunities to connect with potential customers, learn about America’s Seed Fund (SBIR/STTR programs), and discover how to best leverage new funding and tech commercialization opportunities at federal agencies. Early-bird registration pricing ends Sept. 9.  

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The National Security Innovation Network is a program of the U.S. Department of Defense that collaborates with major universities and the venture community to develop solutions that drive national security innovation. We operate three portfolios of programs and services: National Service, Collaboration, and Acceleration. Together, these portfolios form a pipeline of activities and solutions that accelerate the pace of defense innovation.  
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