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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, April 1, 2024
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MAY 23, 2024
As part of the inaugural trilateral prize challenge through AUKUS Pillar II—a defense and security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (U.S.)—DIU is launching the AUKUS Electronic Warfare Challenge to support the DoD as it develops a strategic edge against adversarial electromagnetic system (EMS) technologies. An Ask-Me-Anything will be held on April 18.


APRIL 7, 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. 

JULY 1, 2024
Apply for the next Foundry cohort today and collaborate with federal laboratories to commercialize breakthrough defense technologies and build new companies. Selected innovators will participate in a virtual, five-month cohort where they will have access to instruction, DoD inventors and end-users, mentorship from DoD and private sector subject-matter experts, and training that will prepare them to do business with the DoD and private sector. Applications for Foundry are due July 1.


The inaugural North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Defence Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) cohort made connections with potential investors and end users as they shared their deep tech innovations at the NATO DIANA European Outreach Days in Amsterdam. NSIN Venture Portfolio Director Abigail Desjardins shared how innovators can scale their dual-use tech in the U.S. and how NSIN and DIU open doors for innovators, allowing them to bring their solutions to the DoD.


NSIN alum Firestorm Labs, the maker of modular, open-architecture unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that can be manufactured at the point of need, secured seed funding from a group of prominent defense investors including Lockheed Martin Ventures. The additional funding will allow the company to bring its proprietary, 3D-printed airframe technology to market more quickly, addressing the needs of the U.S. and its allies.

NSIN alum TurbineOne, whose Frontline Perception System (FPS) provides automated threat recognition and machine learning (ML)-powered alerts to empower decision-makers with important, timely data insights, raised $15 million from investors. The company will leverage the funding to further expand into the national security market.


APRIL 18-19, 2024
Innovators interested in emerging technologies can hear from founders and CEOs, government officials, Academy Award winners, and more to learn about tech trends in multiple industries at the eMerge Americas conference in Miami, Florida. NSIN Southeast Regional Director Beverly Seay will speak about emerging dual-use and defense technology trends during a panel discussion at the conference.


At the 2024 National Security Innovation Base Summit, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks shared updates on America’s defense industrial base, the Replicator initiative, and the outcome of the Fiscal Responsibility Act. 

Applicants interested in working with the Army to improve digital services should provide the required documents to Applications close April 3.


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 find funding from across the defense innovation space. 
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