The NSIN Tech Squad is a remote, part-time, voluntary service opportunity that connects early-career technologists with Department of Defense (DoD) components to deliver innovative technological solutions for national security problems.

DoD Mission Partners

DoD components interested in Tech Squad must be willing to pose an unclassified problem statement to young professionals with technical backgrounds and virtually engage them for project guidance (an average of 1-2 hours weekly for the duration of the program).

DoD partners should be amenable to discussing proposed solutions that address recurring pain points. Tech Squad is offered to DoD mission partners at no cost as a cooperative innovation resource in addressing complex technical national security issues through diverse thought leadership and novel solution architecture.

Click here to learn more about how the inaugural 2021 Tech Squad cohort supported various DoD components by building software applications, providing system infrastructure analysis, and optimizing current processes within the DoD, all of which directly impacted warfighters and the supporting units.

Interested in having Tech Squad problem solvers dedicate their time to support your mission?

Submit Your Problem


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the eligibility requirements?

Tech Squad mission partners must:

  • Submit a well-scoped problem that is:
    1. software-oriented and digitally viable
    2. unclassified
    3. has a clearly defined product deliverable or end-stage environment
  • Be able to engage with the volunteers on a weekly basis.
  • Provide volunteers with all necessary project data, system access, and procedural guidance.

What is the time commitment?

Volunteers
Tech Squad volunteers support your mission through a 3-month remote, part-time, voluntary service opportunity (5-15 hours/week for 12-14 weeks).

Mission Partners
DoD mission partners must provide around 1-2 hours weekly for the volunteer(s) to provide orientation/guidance and address questions and updates.

Project Timeline
The timeline of service for the upcoming cohort is March - June 2022.

What is the time commitment?

Tech Squad volunteers serve on a team of 1-2 volunteer(s) per project/problem*. Many of our volunteers come from different backgrounds and time zones and juggle various commitments, so a small team structure tends to be most effective. Our structure provides volunteers with high-quality experiences and allows for deeper exposure to the DoD problem at hand.

*DoD Mission Partners may sponsor more than one problem/project during the same cohort iteration (must be submitted separately).

How is volunteering possible at my component?

There are multiple regulations and policies that permit U.S. citizens to volunteer for the federal government. Specifically, NSIN’s Tech Squad program complies with federal volunteering standards as seen below:

  • DoD Instruction 1100.21 (10 U.S.C. 1588)
  • Office of Personnel Management Policy Guidance (Chapter 33)
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Questions about Tech Squad?

Please direct any questions to info@nsin.mil