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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, March 25, 2024
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X-Force Fellowship alum Amin Ebady took a role as a scientist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane (NSWC Crane) after honing his skills last summer as a fellow for the Logistics Directorate (J4) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he worked on a project to streamline supply delivery for moving and sustaining the Joint Force in contested environments. Amin shared that his experience as a fellow prepared him to better understand how the government functions and gave him strong references who could speak to his strengths.


NSIN Rocky Mountain Regional Director Jason Combs was honored by Army Research Laboratory (ARL) for 25 years of government service between his time as a Commissioned Officer in the Air Force and as a DoD government civilian. During his extensive career, Jason was the Director of the Joint Staff Innovation Group, commanded twice in the Air Force, was a National Security Fellow at Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and has had multiple roles at NSIN, joining within the first year of launch and helping the organization to grow.


MAY 1, 2024
NSIN, in partnership with the Washington Air National Guard (WA ANG) 194 Communications Squadron, seeks innovative solutions to establish two-way communication during the eruption of Mt. Rainier and other natural disasters. 


NSIN alum Direct Kinetic Solutions (DKS) has won a Tactical Funding Increase (TACFI) from AFWERX to advance their radioisotopic power solution and deliver a clean, reliable, and compact energy source to the Air Force. The funding, which matched up to $1.9 million of what DKS has secured from the private sector, will allow DKS to bring their solution closer to commercialization, enabling the company to manufacture its devices at scale and to obtain the certifications necessary for distribution.


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.  

MAY 7-8, 2024
Join innovation leaders from the government, private sector, and scientific community to exchange ideas and examine how public and private entities can come together in pursuit of innovation for national security. The event is held in honor of the legacy of the 25th Secretary of Defense Dr. Ash Carter.


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

MARCH 25, 2024 

Innovators with solutions that could enable small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) to operate in environments where the electromagnetic spectrum is contested—where challenges may include jamming, interference, and spoofing—may submit their solutions to DIU for the opportunity to receive a prototype Other Transaction (OT) award.

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