2019 Hopper Project Proposal
Are you a DEF member with a boss who could use DEF’s expertise and radically different approach to problem solving? Are you a senior national security official who wants fresh perspectives from the DEF network?

Then Hopper is for you.

This isn’t your typical consultancy. DEF includes hundreds of mid-career military, civilian, and industry professionals who are committed keeping the U.S. national security enterprise on the cutting edge. Hopper is the ideal way to tap into this expertise, energy, and cutting edge approaches.

Deadline: 2359 Eastern Time on May 31, 2019

Contact us at hopper@defenseentrepreneurs.org if you have questions.

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First & Last Name: *
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Contact Number: *
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Which of these options describes you? *
Hopper leverages the diverse membership of the DEF Community to solve the problems of senior national security officials, submitted either directly or by proxy. If neither option fits you, please contact the Hopper team.
Project Outline
We are excited to hear your ideas and want to help you structure them in a way that will be most actionable. The following questions require you to communicate your plan through specifically-formulated statements about the problem, client and expected output so that we can best understand your aims and project maturity.

Please re-write the phrases provided below, filling in the blanks with your problem content to create complete sentences.

"How might we [ ______________ ] in a way that [ ____________ ] so that [ _____________] ?" *
EXAMPLE: "How might we [ improve helicopter maintenance ] in a way that [ decreases the need for specialized tools ] so that we [ spend less money replacing expensive tools lost in transit ]?"
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"The prospective National Security client for this idea is [ ______________ ]. They [ have / have not ] been contacted to gauge their interest or potential for long-term partnership on this topic." *
EXAMPLE: "The prospective national security client for this idea is [ the Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation ]. They [ have not ] been contacted to gauge their interest or potential for long-term partnership on this topic."
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What outcome(s) do you envision from this project, if selected? *
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Team Composition
DEF will bring together a diverse team of people from across the national security community to address your problem, but if you have any initial insights about who you think might be most helpful (including specific people), we would love to know!

Please answer the following questions to help us better understand what comes to mind when you imagine your project's team.

What background(s) do you think people working on your project might need? *
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What other knowledge, competencies, and/or experience do you think would help address this problem? *
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Is there anyone specific in the DEF Community you would like involved with this project? *
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Do you foresee any restrictions on who can be involved in this project? *
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What else should we know about who you think might be helpful to get involved? Please list any additional details from above, along with specific individuals you may want involved.
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Resource Requirements
In addition to the DEF team members working on your problem, you may be able to think of additional resources that would be required or helpful. Please review the below questions and provide responses to help shape our understanding of your assessed resource needs.
What resources or other requirements might be needed to solve this problem, given the project output? *
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What further details should we should know about potential resource requirements?
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Duration
Although you may not be sure yet, your estimate of how long this project might take gives us a starting point for connecting the dots needed to bring a solution to life. Please review your responses about the problem, client, product, team and resources above, then answer the following questions to the best of your ability.
How long do you think this project would take to complete? *
Why do you think the project would take that amount of time?
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Anything else?
What further details that may not be captured above should we know about this project?
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Thank You!
Although we desire to help solve as many national security problems as possible, some problems will not be well-suited for Hopper. Our goal is to at least try and provide you with feedback or connections in the DEF Community that can help, even if your project is not selected.

You will receive a confirmation email with your responses and a member of our team will be in contact to discuss your proposal once the current application period ends.

A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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