About Tandem National Security Innovations

TandemNSI is a national network of over 5,000 innovators and entrepreneurs are eager to tackle the nation’s toughest challenges.

Managed by the Amplifier Advisors team, TandemNSI works with government agencies and the nation’s top innovators to discover new solutions to the nation’s toughest challenges. Amplifier Advisors is a name brand innovation and technology consulting organization, with roots in the venture capital industry and more than a decade of experience.

TandemNSI has worked with DARPA, the Department of Homeland Security, Army Research Laboratory, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, the Department of Energy and many leading universities to promote higher engagement between innovators and national security research and development.



We Work With Innovators

Our goal is to provide unfiltered access to national security innovation projects. Any topic that makes our security stronger is a top priority. We look for entrepreneurs who will take on each task diligently, knowing that their solutions could be on the front line in a matter of months.

TandemNSI Managing Director Jonathan Aberman moderates a panel with Raymond Richards, the program manager for DARPA's High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems, John Hanna, Director at In-Q-Tel, G. Nagesh Rao, Chief Technologist & Nerdpreneur in Residence at the U.S. Small Business Administration, John Britton, General Counsel for the Consortium for Command, Control, and Communications in Cyberspace, and Doug Maughan, the CSD Director at the Department of Homeland Security. (TandemNSI photo)

We Work With Government

Fostering communication with local, state and the U.S. government is key to driving innovation. Every project is unique and therefore needs clear direction and focus. We make sure that both governments and entrepreneurs are clear on goals and expectations to make sure everything is a success.


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TandemNSI specializes in scouting emerging technology companies in fields like robotics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, mobile power and wearables.

Our team offers expertise in developing comprehensive marketing strategies for government agencies to reach cutting-edge innovators.

We also specialize in event planning and social media strategies to boost these efforts.

Contracting innovation

Contracting Innovation

TandemNSI offers decades of experience in contracting for federal and venture capital customers. We have put that experience to use advising agencies, program managers and policy makers on contracting models designed to attract innovators.


San Diego Robotics Fast Track

DARPA Robotics Fast Track Program

TandemNSI connected DARPA with more than 900 engineers and entrepreneurs on a national tour.

Applications increased by 1,200% following the execution of the national tour and media strategy.

A designer tries on the JSLIST at the Proof Challenge Kickoff in Boston on Aug. 25.

Proof Challenge

TandemNSI executed a kickoff event and media strategy that connected hundreds of industrial and apparel designers with a competition sponsored by the Defense Department to design new chemical and biological suits.