Creating new opportunities for national security service.

The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) has launched a National Service Portfolio to create new opportunities for national security service for those who might not otherwise participate in national security innovation. The new portfolio’s programs will focus on building models of service that account for generational and cultural differences between the military, academic, and venture communities, and that provide flexible pathways to official service within the Department of Defense (DoD). Together, these models and pathways aim to grow and diversify participation in national security service.

NSIN’s National Service Portfolio programs include:


The X-Force program is an unparalleled opportunity for university students to serve their country through collaboration with the United States military to address real-world challenges that require both technical and entrepreneurial expertise.

The NSIN X-Force Fellowship has two pathways to service - a full-time, paid opportunity and a part-time, unpaid opportunity. Whether one chooses to pursue the full-time, paid, in-person option, or the part-time, unpaid, remote option, there be invaluable work alongside DoD problem sponsors.

Past military problem topics include developing virtual reality training modules for the Air Force, improving internal communications for the Marine Corps, revolutionizing predictive maintenance for the Navy, and modernizing personnel and asset tracking for the Army.

At the conclusion of the program, participants have developed and demonstrated a prototype capability for their military sponsor.


The NSIN Capstone program is an opportunity for student technologists and entrepreneurs to serve their country and provide solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) while solving real-world national security challenges via existing university capstone courses.


Despite a high level of interest in national security service among STEM students, the Department of Defense remains unable to recruit and hire top university talent due in part to bureaucratic recruitment and hiring processes. The NSIN Hirethon is designed to directly connect STEM students and recent graduates with an interest in civil service with DoD organizations looking to hire. By short-circuiting the traditional application and evaluation processes and timelines, NSIN will build the 21st century STEM workforce that DoD needs.


The Technology and National Security Fellowship (TNSF) is an opportunity for technologists and entrepreneurs to serve their country by embedding with key decision makers at the top levels of the U.S. Government to provide advice and emerging expertise for issues at the critical intersection of national security and technology.

Tech Squad

The NSIN Tech Squad is a remote, part-time, voluntary service opportunity that connects early-career STEM professionals with Department of Defense units to solve tech-oriented national security problems collaboratively.