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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, March 13, 2023
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NSIN Alumni Solve Critical Needs for the Army


NSIN alumni companies represent 16 of the 50 small businesses selected as semi-finalists for the Army xTech open-topic prize competition. After receiving a record 775 submissions for xTech, the Army chose the NSIN alumni teams alongside the other semi-finalists for their potential to fill critical needs for the Army. Each semi-finalist received a $5,000 cash prize and qualified to pitch their technologies to a panel of Army and DoD subject matter experts for additional prize money in the next round of xTech.

NSIN Staff Share Their Top Defense Innovation Reads


Expand your library with top reads on innovation, technology, and defense during National Reading Month. NSIN Regional Engagement Principal for Boston, John Griffin, shares his pick, “Rifleman Dodd,” by C.S. Forester. Keep up with the series on our LinkedIn page for more recommendations.


Industry, academia, and mission partners connected with Team NSIN last week at   the Pacific Operational Science & Technology (POST) 2023 Conference and South by Southwest (SXSW).  Managing Director Cheryl Ingstad spoke at both events about how the NSIN network and our programs open doors to greater innovation in defense and help companies navigate the valley of death.

Cohort Selected for NSIN Defense Technology Accelerator
Acquisition professionals from the Digital Directorate and the Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, and Networks Directorate participated in Base Camp, a six-month acquisition innovation pilot program designed to help the DoD explore novel approaches to acquisition challenges, capture best practices, and develop strategies for others to follow. The program was a partnership between MITRE, NSIN, and ATX Defense, enabling Air Force acquisition personnel to tap into new networks and leverage non-traditional strategies.


APRIL 15, 2023

Join industry, government, and academia to discuss the challenges and opportunities confronting the defense establishment on April 15 at the NSIN-sponsored Harvard Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology and National Security Conference. The conference will focus on the technological developments and innovation emerging from the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and their implications for a future China-Taiwan contingency.

NSIN Foundry 2023

APRIL 28, 2023

Discover a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs and federal laboratories to commercialize breakthrough defense technologies to solve national security problems. Over the five-month program, teams of entrepreneurs will work with innovation leaders to build new companies based on cutting-edge DoD technologies. Applications close April 28. Join NSIN for an information session on March 23 to learn more about the application process and desired technologies.

NSIN Presents: SynGen Challenge

MAY 1, 2023

Innovate the generation of synthetic (SynGen) training data for military computer vision algorithms. Finalists are eligible for a potential federal funding award of up to $75,000. Applications close May 1.


Follow the NSIN Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities Series on LinkedIn to identify more funding across the defense innovation space.
The U.S. Army xTech Pacific competition offers eligible small businesses from Hawaii, Alaska, and Washington with innovations to help the Army operate across long distances, an opportunity to engage with the DoD, earn prize money, and advance to the xTech accelerator program. Finalists are eligible for part of $800,000 in competition prizes with the potential to advance and earn up to $250,000 in Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards or $1.9 million in Direct to Phase II SBIR awards. Submissions to xTech Pacific close on April 20.


MARCH 13, 2023

High school and undergraduate students interested in engineering may apply for a paid internship as a student trainee with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center (ERDC). As part of the Department of the Army Pathways Intern Program, this role is eligible to convert into a full-time position upon completion of the internship. Applications are due March 13.

MARCH 20-24, 2023

Innovators interested in working with government datasets to develop prototypes for the Air Force may apply for the BRAVO Hackathon. The event is in-person at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

MARCH 30, 2023

See members of industry and academia showcase their cutting-edge cybersecurity and cyber resilience technologies and capabilities to scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate (AFRL/RW).

MAY 10, 2023

Join the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) for a forum on the importance of cybersecurity in securing intellectual property and protecting the defense supply chain. The event will feature thought leaders from government and industry as they share the latest on DoD security requirements and expectations for the Defense Industrial Base. 

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