Private-sector tech industry volunteers offer their expertise to DoD in a flexible service program.

Experienced and early-career technologists will deliver innovative technological solutions for national security problems to the Department of Defense (DoD) as volunteers in the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) Tech Squad over the next three months.

NSIN Tech Squad matches professionals from the private sector who specialize in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills, with remote, part-time volunteer opportunities to tackle unclassified, digital- and software-oriented problems from DoD mission partners.

  • “I enjoy tackling interesting problems and generating innovative solutions with others who are like-minded. Joining Tech Squad allows for collaborating with new people, learning about different aspects of National Security, and gaining new skills while helping others and improving outcomes.” - Jenny Moore, 2022 Tech Squad volunteer

Volunteers bridge gaps between tech innovation and communities in Tech Squad by partnering together to solve real-world problems for the DoD at convenient and flexible times to participants’ schedules. For example, military problem sponsors in Tech Squad receive additional support from private-sector talent with relevant STEM experience and fresh perspectives to develop solutions to their problems. Volunteers in Tech Squad receive exposure to unique, mission-critical opportunities and add to their portfolios by solving real national security problems and serving their country.

  • “After my service in the Marine Corps, I’ve been working in the IT field as a civilian for over ten years. When I learned of the opportunity to put my IT skills to use in service to the country, I jumped at the opportunity.” - Daniel L. Amster, 2022 Tech Squad volunteer

The 2022 Tech Squad features 38 volunteers out of over 70 applicants who bring diverse work experiences from Big Tech, consulting, and top-tier research universities. Over the next three months, the Tech Squad will meet with their mission partners to solve 20 DoD problems, such as: developing machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms for 3D-printed parts and modeling biometric data; creating code to evaluate and scale fuel supply chains, and aircraft repair operations; and designing applications to identify and detect cybersecurity threats and geospatial activity. The Tech Squad will showcase its solutions and products for the DoD over three demo days held June 28-30.

  • “Using data science in scenarios where I can improve lives is my main career goal and what I work towards every single day. Tech Squad helps me achieve this.” -Elda Pere, 2022 Tech Squad volunteer

Learn more about the volunteers in the 2022 Tech Squad and the DoD problems they will be solving on NSIN Twitter @NSIN_us or at the link below:

NSIN will highlight a new volunteer every week of the cohort.

About NSIN

The National Security Innovation Network is a program of the U.S. Department of Defense that collaborates with major universities and the venture community to develop solutions that drive national security innovation. We operate three portfolios of programs and services: National Service, Collaboration, and Acceleration. Together, these portfolios form a pipeline of activities and solutions that accelerate the pace of defense innovation.

For more information about the NSIN Tech Squad program or participants, contact NSIN at