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National Security Innovation Network
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024
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NSIN Regional Engagement Principal for Michigan Marvin Yates joined Sarah Circotte, Director of Mobility at Ann Arbor SPARK, to discuss the mobility tech startups that transitioned from Ann Arbor SPARK to NSIN. The pair also touched on local technology ecosystems and the future of the mobility tech space.


X-Force alumni, Christopher Mills and Caroline Kiernan, discussed their experience working as fellows for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and Naval Surface Warfare Center, the communications department at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, respectively, and the valuable skills they developed during their internship.  

Navy personnel developed skills in human-centered design and leveraged those skills to address real-world challenges including data sharing and awareness, the private/public data divide, and the culture of collaboration during a four-day NSIN Bootcamp session. The solutions generated during the program were pitched to leaders from the Navy’s Aircraft Carrier Program.


NSIN alum, Forcyte enables the government to manage and automate mission-critical energy operations, data collection, and data visualization with global expeditionary energy and command and control systems for drones. The company was named as a 2024 Startup to Watch by St. Louis Inno. 


MARCH 7, 2024
West Virginia University (WVU) students, faculty, and community members can learn about how they can partner with NSIN to bring their talents and innovations to the defense industrial base. NSIN Regional Engagement Principal for West Virginia Andy Tennant will lead the discussion and answer questions. 


FEB. 29, 2024
Representatives from small business and academia may join leaders from the national security innovation space for DARPAConnect, an event designed to educate, motivate, and inspire collaboration. Participants will learn how to engage with DARPA program managers, discover strategies for crafting a winning DARPA proposal, and form a deeper understanding of contract vehicles.

MARCH 18-20, 2024  
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.  

Follow the NSIN Defense Innovation Funding Opportunities Series on LinkedIn to identify more funding across the defense innovation space. 
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NSIN is a program office in the U.S. Department of Defense, nested within the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). We are set up to collaborate with a wide variety of innovators to include universities, researchers, students, entrepreneurs and start-ups. We create opportunities for collaboration across communities and connect those that might not traditionally work in national security. Together, we help drive national security innovation and develop technologies that directly support the individuals responsible for protecting our country.  
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