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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, May 6, 2024
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NSIN has released its 2023 Year in Review, showcasing a year of rapid growth and development that opened doors for innovators from industry, academia, and defense to connect and solve national security challenges. The report highlights NSIN’s continued efforts to solve national security challenges, strengthen the defense industrial base, and improve the lives of the warfighter, with support of our mission partners. The report also shares how we plan to accomplish our goals and bolster national security in the year ahead.


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. You can connect with Team NSIN at booth 140 at the event.

MAY 10, 2024
Pre-series A ventures interested in the government market are invited to apply for the 2024 NSIN Vector program. Companies selected for Vector will work with experts from NSIN and the military to develop dual-use technologies and compete for non-dilutive funding awards. The 2024 Vector program seeks technologies to address advanced sensing, data sharing, command and control, resilient position, navigation, and timing, and contested communications. Vector applications are due May 10.


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 launched the AUKUS Electronic Warfare Challenge to support the DoD as it develops a strategic edge against adversarial electromagnetic system (EMS) technologies.

MAY 23, 2024
Innovators with solutions for multi-domain range scheduling and management that could provide the DoD with a range common operating picture (COP) may submit their solutions for the opportunity to receive part of a $75,000 prize pool during the Multi-Domain Range Scheduling Challenge. The challenge is being held in partnership with the Air Force 56th Range Management Office (RMO) and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (USAICoE).

MAY 31, 2024
Innovators with the ability to create expeditionary power capabilities for a mobile space domain awareness platform may submit their solutions to win part of $75,000 during NSIN’s Expeditionary Energy Challenge, presented in partnership with the 15th Space Surveillance Squadron (15 SPSS). An Ask Me Anything Session will be held on May 17.

JULY 1, 2024
Apply for the next Foundry cohort 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. An Ask Me Anything will be held on May 16.


Liz Young McNally has joined DIU as the incoming Deputy Director of Commercial Operations, bringing with her a track record of collaboration with the commercial tech sector and investment community. McNally is an accomplished senior executive and combat veteran with diverse experiences in the private, military, and not-for-profit sectors.

30 Space Launch Delta personnel developed a model of the Spaceport of the Future at an NSIN Bootcamp iteration held at Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB). The Bootcamp participants identified actionable steps to help their organization create a next-generation spaceport, using creativity, problem solving, and collaboration with hands-on exercises.

Kedar Pavgi, NSIN’s National Capital Regional Director and Acting Strategic Engagements Director, spoke with FedGov Today on how NSIN connects innovative technologies with DoD challenges to create solutions. In the discussion, he elaborated on NSIN’s dedication to creating entry points for startups and academic institutions, fostering sustainable, long-term partnerships within the defense sector, and expanding NSIN’s network to include a broad range of stakeholders from industry, academia, and government.  

Brian Steem, CEO of NSIN alum Vermeer, shared how his company’s innovative software provides accurate location information without GPS, enabling military drone operators to conduct missions in hostile environments where adversaries jam or otherwise deny traditional GPS.


MAY 22, 2024
Discover how data and emerging technologies can be leveraged for national security at DefenseScoop’s DefenseTalks 2024. Speakers include military leaders like former Secretary of Defense Gen. Jim Matis and industry professionals from companies like Microsoft and IBM.


Innovators interested in Naval Intelligence Activity are invited to follow the organization on their newly-created LinkedIn page. Followers will see career opportunities, stakeholder engagement opportunities, news, and more.


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

MAY 6, 2024

Innovators with hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or electric systems capable of handling aircraft may submit their solutions for the opportunity to receive funding from DIU. Ideal solutions will improve energy efficiency while increasing range, endurance, and operational flexibility in contested environments.

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