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MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator

The MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator creates new communities of innovators that solve national security problems and delivers programs to export new ideas, talent, and technology to the Department from the venture community and academia while exposing those same communities to real-world, Warfighter needs. 


  • Promote entrepreneurship and innovation as key elements of Department of Defense (DoD) workforce development
  • Prototype and scale innovative collaboration and problem-solving communities
  • Generate new dual-use ventures that create sustainable competitive advantage

Key Programs

  • Hacking for Defense (H4D) - Engaging universities to solve real-world national security problems using the Lean Launchpad methodology
  • MD5 Boot Camp - 5-day course on the fundamentals of innovation and the practical aspects of evaluating and executing solution concepts in a tactical environment
  • MD5 Hack - 54-hr hackathons bringing together civilian and military innovators to build prototypes that address national security challenges 
  • MD5.net - Web-based collaboration and crowdsourcing platform
  • FedTech - Lab-to-market tech commercialization program that facilitates the development of startups in the national interest
  • MD5 Labs/Proof of Concept Centers - Prototyping and experimentation resources for advanced capabilities


  • Established in May 2015 
  • Creates and implements education, collaboration, and acceleration programs to enhance innovation capacity
  • Headquartered in Arlington, VA and distributed via a network of national universities including New York University, University of Virginia, University of Colorado at Boulder, and University of Southern California. 

Morgan C. Plummer, Managing Director

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