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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, June 26, 2023
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The next NSIN newsletter will be on Monday, July 10, 2023.


Four students from George Mason University worked this spring with DoD’s Vulnerability Disclosure Program (VDP) to improve the onboarding of Defense Industrial Base companies. As part of an NSIN Capstone project, the students looked for ways automation via artificial intelligence could reduce the resources required while facilitating smoother client acquisition and communication. The resulting recommendations included creating an onboarding cloud-based portal where Defense Industrial Base companies (DIBCOs) are guided with chat-bot assistance while onboarding the Defense Industrial Base Vulnerability Disclosure Program.

JUNE 27, 2023 
Ventures selected for the NSIN Forge program will work with federal laboratories, mentors, coaches, subject matter experts, and DoD end-users to assess the market viability and commercialization potential of breakthrough defense technologies. Join an upcoming information session on June 27 to learn more about the application process. Applications close July 2. 

JUNE 29, 2023 
Early-stage ventures interested in the defense sector are invited to apply for NSIN Propel Boston. Selected companies will partner with experts from NSIN, the military, and private industry during the cohort and will work to transition their emerging technology solutions to address the modernization needs of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community and its partners. Attend an information session on June 29 to learn more about the accelerator and its technology areas of focus. Applications for the cohort are due Aug. 1.

Tommy Hendrix, Managing Partner of Decisive Point, spoke about how his time at Blackstone, along with his perspectives as a former Green Beret and Infantry and Special Forces Officer, informed his decision to start a fund focused on dual-use and defense-focused ventures in NSIN’s latest Investor Spotlight.


JULY 11-13, 2023
Public safety officials interested in learning more about how they can leverage the Team Awareness Kit (TAK), a DoD-developed, off-the-shelf solution for generating tactical awareness, are invited to join NSIN, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the TAK Product Center (TPC) and private industry sponsors for an in-person public safety hackathon event.


Artificial intelligence (AI) and geospatial technology startup Danti has received $2.75 million in pre-seed funding to develop its search engine technology. In April, Danti won the geoSpatial Environment for Access, Retrieval & Content Hosting (gSEARCH) Challenge, sponsored by NSIN and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), for its solution to deliver increased decision superiority to warfighters by utilizing vast amounts of imagery and geospatial data at a scale and scope ahead of any adversary.


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

JUNE 29, 2023

Innovators with research supporting autonomous ground and air vehicles, enhancing their operations in open, urban, and cluttered environments may submit their solutions to the U.S. Army’s xTech program for the opportunity to receive part of $500,000 in prizes and be invited to submit an application for a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant worth up to $250,000. Submissions are due June 29. 

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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 two portfolios of programs and services: Talent and Venture. Together, these portfolios form a pipeline of activities and solutions that accelerate the pace of defense innovation.   
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