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National Security Innovation Network
Monday, May 13, 2024
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JUNE 6, 2024
Innovators may submit solutions that could reduce the cost of hypersonic glide bodies and associated sensors to win part of $100,000 during NSIN’s Hypersonic Cost Reduction Challenge, presented in partnership with the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane.


MAY 16, 2024
Foundry enables teams of entrepreneurs to collaborate with federal laboratories, 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.


Innovators in the artificial intelligence (AI) space learned how they could apply their skills and technologies to defense at the AI Expo for National Competitiveness and Ash Carter Exchange. DIU Director Doug Beck shared his insights on the future of defense innovation, speaking about DIU’s plan to bring AI innovations to the government. NSIN Talent Portfolio Director Gregory Bernard and NSIN Regional Engagement Principal for Washington, D.C. David Schiff spoke to students at the event, sharing opportunities for them to join NSIN programs and leverage their talents on behalf of the DoD. NSIN alumni teams were also in attendance at the NSIN booth, sharing their innovative businesses and explaining how NSIN programs helped them grow and gain traction in the government market.

MAY 24, 2024
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has announced Project Aegir, its first commercial solutions opening to produce analytics for maritime domain awareness directly to the warfighter. The goal of Project Aegir is to develop a multi-vendor approach for commercial sensor architecture to track and monitor illegal maritime activity. Interested vendors should submit responses by May 24, selected vendors will be invited to a pitch event to showcase capabilities at Defense Innovation Unit headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Hicks has outlined key capabilities and announced one of the systems selected for the first tranche of the Replicator initiative. DIU will continue to spearhead the Replicator initiative in support of the DoD.

On May 30, a cohort of 44 startups will preview solutions for transatlantic security, surveillance, and energy resilience at the NSIN-supported North Atlantic Treaty Organization Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (NATO DIANA) program Demo Day at MassChallenge’s office in Boston.


MAY 23, 2024
Innovators with solutions to support the DoD as it develops a strategic edge against adversarial electromagnetic system (EMS) technologies may submit their solutions to the DIU Presents: AUKUS Electronic Warfare Challenge for the opportunity to win part of $150,000. The challenge is part of a trilateral prize challenge through AUKUS Pillar II—a defense and security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (U.S.). 

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.


Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall rode in the front seat of an artificial intelligence (AI)-controlled F-16 as it was demonstrated head-to-head against a human-piloted F-16 at Edwards Air Force Base. The Air Force anticipates they will have a whole fleet for the AI-controlled jets operating by 2028.


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 Mattis and industry professionals from companies like Microsoft and IBM.


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

MAY 29, 2024

Innovators with the ability to prototype and demonstrate quantum sensors that could ensure U.S. forces’ position, navigation, and timing (PNT) capabilities when global positioning system (GPS) signals are denied or degraded may submit their solutions to DIU for the opportunity to win an Other Transaction (OT) award.

JUNE 14, 2024

Innovators with the ability to prototype a mobile security operations center (SOC) that could be transported as carry-on luggage and perform cyber hunt operations may submit their solutions to DIU for the opportunity to win an Other Transaction (OT) award.

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