Trusted Capital

Trusted Capital

Program Objective

The Trusted Capital program connects companies critical to the defense industrial base with vetted trusted capital providers.

Companies critical to the Department of Defense (DoD) require access to rapid funding from capital providers at key development stages. Without this funding, capability providers in the DoD supply chain become susceptible to strategic funding from adversaries that leverage capital to exploit technology transfer.

The Trusted Capital Marketplace is a forum to convene trusted sources of private capital with innovative domestic companies. The companies have been down-selected by the military services and operate in emerging technology sectors critical to the U.S. defense industrial base – strengthening domestic manufacturing through, and limiting foreign access to, critical technology. Trusted Capital Marketplace participants include:

  • Army Futures Command
  • Defense Innovation Unit
  • Joint Artificial Intelligence Center
  • NavalX
  • U.S. Special Operations Command
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Oversight: OUSD(A&S)/Chief Information Security Officer


Established: 2020

Sectors of Focus

  • Advanced Computing
  • Advanced Conventional Weapons Technologies
  • Advanced Engineering Materials
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Advanced Sensing
  • Aero-Engine Technologies
  • Agricultural Technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Biotechnologies
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Mitigation Technologies
  • Communication and Networking Technologies
  • Data Science and Storage
  • Distributed Ledger Technologies
  • Energy Technologies
  • Human-Machine Interfaces
  • Medical and Public Health Technologies
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Semiconductors and Microelectronics
  • Space Technologies

Capability Providers

Capability Providers are companies that specialize in developing and providing products and services in key technology sectors and subsectors. These companies offer key capabilities and have been down selected by the military services or the DoD innovation programs for inclusion in the Trusted Capital program so they can raise additional investment funding for growth.

Capital Providers

Capital Providers are vetted sources of strategic capital. Capital providers invest in companies to increase the capability of the defense industrial base to support the DoD production needs and the availability of emerging technologies.

Why Trusted Capital?

The 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) called for the Department of Defense to strengthen its military advantage through three lines of effort: Lethality, Partnerships, and Reform.

The Trusted Capital program is aligned with the NDS:

  • Trusted Capital Marketplace increases Lethality
  • Innovation Tours with Industry builds Partnerships
  • Incentives for Capital Providers supports Reform

The Trusted Capital program’s lines of effort will cultivate new partnerships with the private sector to provide opportunities for innovation, ensuring a more efficient, lethal force and enduring competitive edge.

How do I participate in the DoD Trusted Capital program?

First, a company must be down selected by a DoD Military Service. Once a company has been down selected, the Military Service may offer the company the opportunity to apply to the Trusted Capital program and will provide companies with a link to access the online Trusted Capital application portal.