About Us

Hacking for Defense ™ (H4D) gives students hands-on experience in understanding and working with the Defense (DOD), Homeland Security (DHS), and Intelligence Community (IC) on actual problems they currently confront. Students learn how to innovate at speed and learn how to deploy solutions using Lean Methods solving national security problems.

The class combines that same rapid problem sourcing process developed on the battlefields in Afghanistan with the Lean LaunchPad ™ Methodology for rapid customer learning and product development, first taught at Stanford as the Lean LaunchPad ™course.

The focus of the Hacking for Defense ™ class has been on solving Department of Defense and Intelligence Community problems; USM will be adding the Department of Homeland Security in hope of finding dual purpose solutions. However, initial indications are that the approach is generalizable and can embrace the challenges faced by a range of organizations that measure their success, not in terms of revenue and profit, like most private sector companies, but rather by mission achievement and creating public value for their constituents. These include, for example, the State Department for diplomacy and policy problems, local and regional governments addressing a diverse array of public sector challenges and many others that can succulently frame problems and provide student’s access to beneficiaries and stakeholders