DESIGNING SOLUTIONS FOR DEFENSE (DS4D) TEACHES USM STUDENTS HOW TO WORK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) TO BETTER ADDRESS THE NATION’S EMERGING THREATS AND SECURITY CHALLENGES. STUDENTS ARE NOT BUILDING DEMOS FOR GENERALS. THEY LEARN HOW TO DEPLOY SOLUTIONS TO OUR NATION’S WARFIGHTERS WITH THE SPEED AND URGENCY REQUIRED TO COMPETE IN THE MODERN THREAT ENVIRONMENT.
DS4D at USM is part of the national Hacking for Defense (H4D) network that provides a university-based ecosystem to develop prototypes that match DOD users’ needs in months rather than years. By creating a national network of colleges and universities, the Hacking for Defense program can scale to provide hundreds of solutions a year – and also develop the future workforce that our country must have to counter threats faster than they are generated by our adversaries.