The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) has partnered with the American Security Challenge (ASC) to administer the first INSA American Security Challenge (IASC) for the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The goal of IASC is to link growing and innovative security, intelligence and technology based companies called Challengers directly to government agencies and/or government contractors, system integrators and potential investors (called Pilot Award Partners). Accenture has joined board as a potential investor along with others to be announced in the upcoming few weeks.
“The INSA American Security Challenge is an incredibly efficient and effective way to connect the technology innovators with the public and private sector organizations who leverage the new technology while performing their respective missions of the most crucial work in intelligence and national security,” said Ellen McCarthy, president of INSA.
INSA is a non-profit, non-partisan national security organization that connects the public, private and academic sectors to work together on the most challenging policy issues and solutions. With over 150 corporate members, INSA’s ultimate goal is to advance and recognize the highest standards within the national security and intelligence communities.
For the IASC, INSA believes that more than 100 Challenger businesses will submit their technologies for evaluation. Cyber security, C4ISR, physical security and energy will be the technology categories of highest interest. Industry leaders and technology experts will be selected as reviewers giving each technology a score with disclosed scoring categories. Those who are selected will present their technologies at an event this November 17th, 2011.
“Giving companies with great technologies exposure to qualified sales prospects (Pilot Award Partners) provides these innovators with new sales opportunities.” Said Roger London, chairman of ASC. “Similarly, the Pilot Award Partners don’t have to spend the time or resources to find and wade through hundreds of ordinary companies outside of their current network to discover the valuable technology partners they would not have otherwise been aware of.”