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Air Force Strategic Development Planning & Experimentation (SDPE)
Technology Interchange Meeting

Step 1 — Plenary Overview - February 2017
Step 2 — Industry Face-to-Face Sessions - March 2017



Event update/highlights, current as of 9 December, 2016 (UPDATE #3)

  1. The event dates for Step 1 is 6-10 February 2017.
    • Session 1 is from 6-8 February.
    • Session 2 is from 8-10 February.
    • The messages from both sessions 1 & 2 are the same!  The strong interest from Industry caused us to duplicate the session to accommodate all.
    • Optional Q&A sign-up is available on the 6 and the 8 of February
  2. The Step 2 TIM engagement will now take place the week of 13 -17 March, 2017.  We apologize for the short turn time, but that timing is significant for the ECCTs to make their activities happen in a timely manner.
  3. Companies interested in participating in Step 2 event MUST attend Step 1 event in February, and submit a nomination package for Step 2 event.  Instructions for submission of nomination packages to follow.  The completed nomination package is due no later than (NLT) 24 February, 2017
  4. Topic for Step 2 will only be Multi-Domain Command & Control (MDC2)
  5. Schedule of event between Step 1 and Step 2 has been updated.
  6. More information will be send out via e-mail to the companies who send an e-mail of interest before 16 December 2016.   Please look over this entire page, as some minor changes were made.
~Please stay tuned.  Wishes for safe, happy holidays!~


Please mark your calendars, the AF SDPE Technology Interchange Meetings (TIMs), Step 1, will take place the week of 6-10 February, 2017.  The venue for the event will be at the Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate facility, Fort Belvoir, Va.


The new Technology Directorate, Strategic Developmental Planning & Experimentation (SDPE), was stood up in May 2016. SDPE is a key component focused on future multi-domain capabilities needed to support the Third Offset Strategy. In its deliberate planning, the SDPE leadership is deeply engaged in a social campaign across DoD and Industry. This science and technology (S&T) dialogue planned for next February follows SDPE presentations at the DaytonDefense (the Dayton Area Defense Contractors Association) Wright Dialogue with Industry 19-21 July, 2016 in Dayton, Ohio, the 30th Annual Briefing for Industry held by the Professional Aerospace Contractors Association, 16-18 August, 2016 in Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico, and AF Life Cycle Management Center Industry Days.

Step 1 - Plenary Overview (6-10 February 2017)
Event Location: Ft. Belvoir, VA


Restrictions: Step 1 meetings are CLASSIFIED at the Collateral Secret level, and are open to U.S. Defense companies including academia, small businesses, and non-traditional companies with proper clearances.  In order to attend, you must have proper clearance and be either a DoD employee or DoD contractor with a valid DD form 2345, Military Critical Technical Data Agreement.

Topic Areas:
The SDPE S&T overview includes the following two topic areas of significant interest:

  • Air Superiority 2030 – a technical deep dive into the outcomes of the Air Superiority 2030 Enterprise Capability Collaboration Team (ECCT) to include the capability gaps associated with having ability to provide freedom from attack, freedom to attack, freedom of action, freedom of access, and freedom of awareness as well as information pertaining to the ongoing Experimentation Campaigns
  • Multi-Domain Command & Control (MDC2) – a technical deep dive into the Multi-Domain Command & Control ECCT to include the capability gaps associated with providing tools to exercise dynamic command & control to support air, space, and cyberspace operations

Who Should Attend:

The SDPE team highly recommends that companies send representatives who have broad corporate knowledge, strategists, or “Big Thinkers” for the company.

**Please note, it is possible that the event will limit industry teams to two participants per company, final decision/clarifications will be provided in the invitation instructions.


Onsite registration for a private Q&A meeting with Air Force SMEs will be available 6 February for Session 1, and 8 February for Session 2.  The Q&A dates are 8 February, and 10 February for session 1 and 2, respectively.  Each block of private Q&A meetings are set for 30 minutes, and the sign-up will be first come first serve, until all of the blocks are booked.  The event agenda and the available time slots for the Q&A meetings will be provided in the registration package.


If you intend to attend the event, please have the following documents/information ready:

  • Attendees POC information (more details to follow)
  • JPAS point of contact
  • Company DD2345 form
  • More information will be sent along with Step 1 invitation at a later time; stay tuned.
  • To make sure that you receive an invitation package please send us an e-mail of interest before 16 December, 2016

If you are interested in participating...

Information about registration, event agenda and event logistics should be made available few weeks before February’s event.  An e-mail invitation with stated direction will only be send out to the list of interested participants.

If you are interested in attending Step 1 event, please send your notification of interest to dtic.belvoir.ecm.list.dev-plan-and-exp@mail.mil NLT 16 December, 2016.

** Please note: You should receive an e-mail confirmation within 1 week. In the event that you do not receive an e-mail confirmation from the AF IR&D team please send another e-mail right away.

Step 2 - Industry Face-to-Face sessions (Week of 13 March, 2017)
Event location: WPAFB, Ohio


The SDPE Step 2 event is intended to inform SDPE senior leadership of relevant S&T/R&D crucial to AF technology roadmaps and acquisition funding streams.  This engagement will allow Industry to take part in helping the next ECCT shaping the future of MDC2.

The SDPE Step 2 engagement will consist of an SDPE panel of SMEs reviewing technology topic proposals with selected companies from Industry, Academia, small businesses, and non-traditional companies.  The SME team will have senior scientists and engineering experts from HAF/A5, SAF/AQR, ASDR&E, the SDPE and other AFRL technology directorates, with dedicated support from warfighting Major Commands and product centers, as needed.  These face-to-face discussions will be held in a CLASSIFIED setting and will be able to support the appropriate classification levels at Industry’s request.

Topic Area:

  • Multi-Domain Command & Control (MDC2) – a technical deep dive into the Multi-Domain Command & Control ECCT to include the capability gaps associated with providing tools to exercise dynamic command & control to support air, space, and cyberspace operations.

Potential Partnership:
The AF SDPE is looking for ways to partner with the Industry through IR&D/CR&D/Long term Corporate Strategies at the appropriate levels.

If you are interested in participating...

You MUST attend Step 1 event in February.

You will need to nominate your corporate idea

  • Nominations for Step 2 event are due NLT 24 February, 2017
  • Nomination period will open right after Step 1 event
  • A nomination template will be provided at a later time
  • One nomination per company
  • Companies will be notified around, 1 March 2017, of their presentation time
  • Final presentation slides are due by COB 6 March 2017, instructions will be provided later
  • Step 2 event will start the week of 13 March 2017

Sharing your SDPE Projects

To participate in Step 2, face-to-face technology dialogue, you will have to submit a nomination.  From the pool of nominated topics/projects, our SDPE team will assign a presentation time to allow company representatives to come and present & discuss their corporate idea.

Each company will be limited to ONE nomination package.  It is recommend that the nomination include mentions of major concept, and critical technologies.  Final format of the nomination will be provided at a later time.

Additional Information

Please note the event's FedBizOpps announcement was posted.  All subsequent updates will be posted only to this Defense Innovation Marketplace website.  Moreover, whenever possible the AF SDPE 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 US Government Agencies and/or DoD employees/contractors.  If a firm does not fall within one of these categories, partnering with defense-experienced companies is strongly suggested.


Proposed schedule leading up to Step 2 event


The government is not obligated to enter into a contract with Industry as result of these engagements.  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 dtic.belvoir.ecm.list.dev-plan-and-exp@mail.mil.