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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, May 22, 2023
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The next NSIN newsletter will be on Tuesday, May 30. 


At the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) New England Cyber Conference in Boston, NSIN Managing Director Cheryl Ingstad discussed how the DoD might leverage logistical and cybersecurity innovations to deliver solutions close to the warfighter’s point of need. Ingstad spoke alongside thought leaders from government, industry, and academia including the Hon. David L. Norquist, NDIA President and the 34th Deputy Secretary of Defense, Col. Mark Taylor, Project Manager for Defensive Cyber Operations at Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), Dr. Thomas Hardjono, CTO of Connection Science and Technical Director of the MIT Trust-Data Consortium at MIT, Joseph Bradley (SES), Director of Cyber Resiliency at the Air Force, and Laura Élan, Senior Director of Cybersecurity at MxD.


MAY 25, 2023

Join us virtually for the NSIN Propel Hawaii Demo Day on May 25. During this live showcase, startups will demonstrate their cutting-edge innovations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the DoD, and private industry.


Academia, defense, and private industry leaders gathered to collaborate on the future of innovation in modeling and simulation at the National Center for Simulation’s Florida Simulation Summit on Digital Transformation. Dr. Will Roper, former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, delivered the keynote which touched on the ways he has seen modeling and simulation drive digital transformation throughout his career. The event was sponsored by NSIN and chaired by NSIN Southeast Regional Director Beverly Seay.

University Students Bring Talent to Defense Innovation

A University of Missouri—Kansas City (UMKC) Capstone team presented their final project to the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) for a lightweight grip design that allows small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) to recharge using existing overhead power lines.

"Working with NSIN was an amazing experience to get a taste of what a true engineering project is. The ability to work closely with people in industry on a project where your meaningful collaboration will have an impact is invaluable. The chance to see what a real workflow of an in-depth engineering project gave me great insight to what my future career looks like." -Nehemiah Hofer, University of Missouri—Kansas City (UMKC) Capstone student.


JUNE 1, 2023

Innovate the generation of synthetic (SynGen) training data for military computer vision algorithms with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Finalists are eligible for a potential federal funding award of up to $75,000.  


Follow the NSIN Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities Series on LinkedIn to identify more funding across the defense innovation space.

JUNE 20, 2023

Software innovators with tools for assessing configuration settings to improve interoperability during distributed training may be awarded part of a $100,000 prize purse by Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). Submissions are due June 20, 2023.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2027

Innovators working on quantum projects covering algorithms and computing, memory-node-based networking, information processing, heterogeneous platforms, and information sciences may submit their research for the opportunity to receive part of $500 million in funding available from Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Submissions are due Sept. 30, 2027.


Anissa Lumpkin, the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program lead, shared insights into AFRL’s upcoming SBIR/STTR programs and an initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on AFRL’s Lab Life Podcast.


MAY 22-23, 2023

Join the U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) to learn about government requirements and priorities, upcoming business opportunities, and the landscape of the cyber defense industrial base during this collaboration event for government, private industry, and academia.

MAY 27, 2023

Learn about government technology needs and contract opportunities across cyber and telecom, artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), energy, autonomy, human systems, and space at the DIU Indianapolis Roadshow . Representatives from DIU, NSIN, and NSIC will be available to answer questions and help open doors for ventures to work with the DoD.   

MAY 31- JUNE 1, 2023

Members of the intelligence community can join the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and representatives from more than 100 companies to engage in discussions about intelligence challenges and innovations that can improve actionable intelligence for the warfighter.

JUNE 13 - 14, 2023

Join DIU, AFRL, and the U.S. Space Force (USSF) for a series of workshops to assess the Space industrial base. Insights from the workshops will be used to create feedback for the Administration, the National Space Council, senior policymakers, Congress, and the broader commercial space ecosystem. 

JUNE 14, 2023

Learn from contracting legal experts in the federal government about the data rights and protections afforded to small businesses participating in the SBIR/STTR programs. 

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