NSIN Propel is collaborating with the Rome, New York-based Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate (AFRL)—the premier research organization for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) and Cyber technologies—to recruit companies new to the defense sector with technology solutions that can be adapted to address the needs of both the AFRL and the broader DoD community. The first cohort of early-stage ventures engaged in the program will deliver safety, resiliency, and agility to National Security initiatives across the focus areas described below.
Leveraging sensing capabilities to augment the operational picture, increase situational awareness, inform planning and decision-making. Smart cities applications and technologies built specifically for urban environments are of high interest.
New mechanisms to establish reliable, fast, secure connectivity in dense urban environments and enable intelligence at the edge. Advances in 5G and applications in industrial automation and manufacturing are relevant.
Automating dangerous or repetitive tasks, augmenting and extending human capability, enabling surrogate swarm operations, and anomaly detection. Developing user trust with explainability of autonomous decision making, and designing human-in-the-loop systems and related interfaces.
The above categories may include both hardware and software technologies. Underlying the topics will be a focus on data fusion and analytics to automate, train and customize systems that support, inform and enable human operators and decision makers.
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The NSIN mission is to “build networks of innovators that generate new solutions to national security problems.” NSIN is headquartered in Arlington, VA, and has regional offices in 11 commercial innovation hubs throughout the United States. Through its headquarters, regional hubs, and embedded university partnerships, NSIN builds a national network of innovators and delivers programming that solves real-world, DoD problems through collaborative partnerships with non-traditional problem-solvers within the academic and early-stage venture communities.