Hacking for Defense (H4D) is designed to provide USM students the opportunity to learn how to work with the Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community (IC), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to better address the nation’s emerging threats and security challenges. We teach the student not how to build demos for generals and Agency Directors but to understand how to deploy solutions to our nation’s warfighters, law enforcement, and the many others charged with protecting and defending this nation’s way of life, with the speed and urgency required to compete in the modern threat environment.
This national network of classes will provide a university-based ecosystem that can develop prototypes that match DOD/DHS/IC users’ needs in months rather than years. Further, by creating a national network of colleges and universities, the Hacking for Defense program can scale to provide hundreds of solutions a year. In doing so the universities will also develop the future workforce that our country so desperately needs to allow us to counter threats at the same speed that they are generated by our adversaries.