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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, Jan. 29, 2024
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JAN. 31, 2024
Applications are open for university students to apply for the 2024 X-Force Fellowship program through Wednesday, Jan. 31. Selected fellows will work with military and national security leaders next summer on real-world DoD challenges, participate in professional development opportunities, and build a portfolio using their skills for national security solutions. 


A cargo loading solution prototyped by NSIN Capstone students from Texas A&M University is available for testing by U.S. Air Force bases across the country. The solution, initially devised by an Airman working with the 176th Wing Innovation team, promises to improve the efficiency and speed of equipment offloading in austere environments. 


FEB. 16, 2024

Innovators with novel methods to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing may win part of a $1 million prize pool during the NSIN and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Present: Global Fishing Forecast Grand Challenge. Attend an Ask Me Anything session on Jan. 29, to learn more about the challenge.


NSIN university partner, Texas A&M University, will head a group of professionals from top academic institutions and private space industrial partners as the lead institution behind the Space Force’s Space Strategic Technical Institute for In-Space Operations (SSTI-ISO). The group will develop new technologies for in-space operations, bring new innovation to government and industrial efforts, and provide access to talent and subject matter experts.

In coordination with local delivery partners, DIU will open a number of Defense Innovation OnRamp Hubs (OnRamp Hubs) in an effort to connect with innovators and facilitate solutions to the most complex and pressing challenges facing our men and women in uniform. The OnRamp Hubs are one way to lower the barriers to entry and open the aperture to new talent and technology solutions from around the country.



MARCH 18-20, 2024
Innovators are invited to join leaders from industry and the government as they share the latest developments on undersea warfare at the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) 2024 Undersea Warfare Spring Conference in San Diego, California. Attendees will gain insights on topics including countering submarines and mine threats and power projection from the sea.

MAY 7-8, 2024
Artificial intelligence (AI) experts and enthusiasts will learn about the latest emerging AI technologies at the Special Competitive Studies Project AI Expo for National Competitiveness in Washington, D.C.

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