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Hacking for Defense







Hacking for Defense (H4D) is an education initiative that applies design thinking and the Lean Startup model to solve real and complex problems in the defense and intelligence communities. To do this, transdisciplinary student teams interview dozens of users and experts every week and constantly prototype solutions.


Designed by Stanford University, 20 universities across the U.S. are now using the H4D program, including Georgia Tech and Georgetown UniversityJMU is the first institution to exclusively offer the class to undergraduate students.





Click on the icons below to find out more about the teams, their problem sponsors, research process, and solutions.

Cyber Vulnerabilities

Cybersecurity analysts need an efficient and fast way to remediate open vulnerabilities in order to keep systems more secure and reduce the time spent on vulnerability management.

Global Alignment

 Striving for the creation of a uniform ranking system to properly weigh foreign countries’ importance relative to the State-USAID Joint Strategic Goals, according to the Joint Strategic Plan.

WMD Training

Soldiers in the battlefield need a way to quickly and accurately identify equipment in the lab so that they can better identify Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) threats. (Defense Threat Reduction Agency)

Mindful Muscles

Air Education and Training Command Staff need a comprehensive way to assess and achieve the long term health of service members in order to ensure the readiness of the force.

Show me your credentials

Streamlining healthcare supervisors and schedulers’ awareness of their clinical personnel’s skill sets to effectivley apply their expertise.