One started with Legos and Lincoln Logs, while the other favored remote control vehicles and model rockets growing up in his hometown of Richton.

Now, Professors Henry Jones and Daniel DeMott, along with mentors from the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and the intelligence community, will show University of Southern Mississippi students how to innovate solutions quickly for national security issues as part of the course “Hacking for Defense (H4D),” which will be taught for the first time this summer.

USM will be the only school in the Southeast and one of a handful in the nation to offer H4D. Jones and DeMott, vice president of research at the office of technology development, will teach graduate and undergraduate students how to combine the rapid-problem-sourcing process developed on battlefields in Afghanistan with the Lean LaunchPad Methodology for rapid customer learning and product development.