During the week of 11-15 January 2016, the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) held its Space Enterprise Independent Research and Development (IR&D) Technology Interchange Meeting (TIM) near the Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC) in El Segundo, CA. The Space team included over 50 subject matter experts (SMEs) from AFSPC, SMC, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and Air Force Research Laboratory. This team of space experts took full advantage of collaborating with 13 companies, discussing details of 63 IR&D investments focused on Space innovative IR&D technology breakthroughs addressing many of the challenges facing the AFSPC warfighter near-term capability areas.
One of the many unique features of an engagement like this Space IR&D TIM is that included in the dialogue are opportunities for Industry to describe their IR&D effort, and to enable the government SME team to caucus on salient points to be made in providing real-time feedback to the company. This feedback was deliberate in addressing possible ways forward in potential R&D partnering (e.g. Cooperative R&D Agreements (CRADAs)), continued future discussions at the technical expert level, data exchanges, site visits/demos, referrals to other relevant DoD (DARPA, DTRA, etc.) and governmental agencies (NASA, etc.). These activities are ongoing and will prove to be beneficial to both Government and Industry.
The general consensus from both Industry and Space SME participants was that it was a very efficient and effective means of sustaining a meaningful dialogue, consistent with the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power 3.0 initiatives! Stay tuned for further updates. We anticipate another Space event in the next year or so, and will continue to share the news within this Marketplace website and the Federal Business Opportunities website, as well as other social media.
Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), in partnership with the Space & Missile Center (SMC) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), is proudly sponsoring the 2016 Space Technologies Independent Research and Development (IR&D) Technology Interchange Meetings (TIMs) from 11-15 January 2016 at a facility at or near the Space and Missile Systems Center in El Segundo CA. This initiative is led by AFSPC as the lead for the Space Superiority Core Function. The Space team, intending to engage with Industry’s Space enterprise base, includes experts from AFSPC, AFLCMC, AFRL, and subject matter experts (SMEs) from the U.S. Commands, the Services (Army, Navy, and Air Force), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) and other government agencies.
If you are interested in participating,
send your expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. As you do your due diligence on your interest in this DoD-Industry technology engagement, we are sure you will have questions about the technical intent of documents, data shared, and processes to be used in the planning and execution of these events. Your inquiries can be addressed to the DoD planning team at email@example.com. Our team of Space experts is postured to provide you timely responses. Our Space team has put together strategic and informative documents that are accessible through a library built for this engagement on the marketplace, - as well as in the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) repository on the Secure Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET) when applicable. We recommend reading the information in the Document Library below in the order specified for most efficient understanding of the content as it builds from general to more specific. Please check back to this webpage for updates.
Sharing your Space Projects
In order to be considered to attend the face-to-face technology dialogue meetings of 11-15 Jan, you have to nominate corporate IR&D projects to the Space team who determines the final downselect of projects to be reviewed in the face to face meetings of 11-15 Jan 2016. Industry input should be submitted to the Defense Innovation Marketplace using the "Submit your Space Technology IR&D project data here" link at the right-hand-column of the Space webpage. Follow the input format, and submit your project summaries, with any attachments, by 28 October 2015. Each project summary will generate a Record Number as a unique identifier. Please email the Record Number(s) of your submission(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your company already has entered IR&D Projects that you would like to have considered for the face-to-face meetings, there is no need to re-enter this data. Simply email a list of the Record Number(s) (total limit of 30 with no more than 10 in any one activity area) to the same email@example.com email address no later than 28 October 2015. Submission of these records does not guarantee participation in the event.
The forum has broad goals to increase awareness, stimulate collaboration, and seek alignment between Industry’s game-changing, revolutionary innovations in research and development (R&D) projects and DoD’s high priority technology needs and capability gaps. The invitation is open to all Industry participants, including large and small businesses, as well as academia. The government Space team, at this event, will have senior level technical representation from the major space activities identified. Be advised that support contractors may supplement the government team.
The AFSPC Space science & technology taxonomy includes the following activities of significant interest:
- Pervasive Technologies (Propulsion, SWAP, Energy, etc.)
- Nuclear Survivable Communications
- Launch Detection/Missile Warning
- Position, Navigation & Timing (PNT)
- Space Situational Awareness & Battlespace Awareness
- Assured Space Access/Spacelift
- Space Command & Control
- Defensive Space Control
- Satellite Operations
- Protected, Tactical Communications
- Offensive Space Control
- Unprotected Communications
- Terrestrial Environmental Monitoring
Please note the event's FedBizOps announcement can be found here. All subsequent updates will be posted only to this Defense Innovation Marketplace website. Additional details for this Space Enterprise IR&D TIMs event will be communicated to both Government and Industry through the Space Communities of Interest (COI) Webpage here:
Moreover, the AFSPC Space team will include key documents deemed to be of significant import to the dialogue with Industry. Government data distribution statements may vary; some documents may be limited to U.S. Government Agencies and/or Department of Defense (DoD) employees/contractors. If a firm does not fall within one of these categories, partnering with defense-experienced companies is strongly suggested.
If you are interested in participating, please send your expression of interest immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The government is not obligated to enter into a contract with Industry as results of IR&D collaborations from our dialogue. Data exchanges as a result of these dialogue activities follow No Foreign Nationals (NOFORN) and International Traffic Arms Regulations (ITAR) restrictions. Some general and limited data will be made available through this webpage. Some information we intend to share may be classified or unclassified and can only be released as Distribution C, D, or F material. Please recognize dates and locations listed are subject to change. Refer other requests for these documents and data using the email email@example.com.