The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) mission is to "build networks of innovators that generate new solutions to national security problems." NSIN is a DoD-agency and their newest office is right here in the Rapid City chapter. Join us for a conversation with Jason Combs, decorated USAF veteran and NSIN University Program Director at South Dakota Mines.
About the National Security Innovation Network
NSIN is headquartered in Arlington, Va., and has regional offices in 11 commercial innovation hubs throughout the United States. Through its headquarters, regional hubs and embedded university partnerships, NSIN builds a national network of innovators and delivers programming that solves real-world, Department of Defense problems through collaborative partnerships with nontraditional problem solvers within the academic and early-stage venture communities.
This event is part of Bunker Brews, a monthly meetup (virtual for the time being) where the Bunker Labs community, including veterans, military spouses, and civilians, comes together to network with subject matter experts, investors, thought leaders, and more in an environment focused on growth and development. This event is for you if...
1. You're interested in meeting more like-minded, action-oriented entrepreneurs in a fun, casual setting.
2. You’re interested in getting involved in the local entrepreneur community.
3. You'd like to learn more about companies being created by veterans in our community.
Registered attendees will receive a confirmation email with a link to the virtual Zoom room.
*This event will be recorded. Participation in the meeting indicates your consent to being included in the meeting recording.
National Security Innovation Network
University Program Director
Prior to his current position at South Dakota Mines, Combs served as the NSIN Chief of Staff at NSIN headquarters in the National Capital Region. He also has over 25 years of service in the Department of Defense, including time in uniform as well as time serving as a government civilian. His active duty time included operational assignments in the B-1, including time at Ellsworth Air Force Base.
Prior to his current position at South Dakota Mines, Combs served as the NSIN Chief of Staff at NSIN headquarters in the National Capital Region. He also has over 25 years of service in the Department of Defense, including time in uniform as well as time serving as a government civilian. His active duty time included operational assignments in the B-1, including time at Ellsworth Air Force Base, and staff assignments on both the headquarters Air Force staff and joint staff. Combs served his final two years on active duty as the director of the VCJCS Joint Staff Innovation Group applying entrepreneurial problem-solving approaches to national security problems. In this role, he led senior strategists, planners and analysts to develop novel warfighting concepts and capabilities for the vice chairman of the chiefs of staff. He provided military expertise to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff seminars, wargames, politico-military table-tops and workshops.
A decorated service member, Combs’ awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal and the Aerial Achievement Medal. He holds a degree in biology from the United States Air Force Academy, a master of military arts and sciences degree, a master of airpower art and science degree, and is also a graduate of the Air Force Weapons School, Army Command and General Staff College, the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and the Air Force National Defense Fellowship program. He holds the rating of command pilot and has more than 2,000 flight hours with more than 400 combat hours. He has flown the B-1, T-37, T-38, AT-38, and F-16 aircraft. Combs enjoys exploring the outdoors with his wife and is passionate about problem solving, learning, teaching and cycling.
Jason can be reached at email@example.com