The Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), in partnership with the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), held its Nuclear Deterrence Operations (NDO) Independent Research and Development (IR&D) Technology Interchange Meeting (TIM) in Albuquerque, NM, 16-20 May 2016. The NDO team included over 40 subject matter experts (SMEs) from AFNWC, AFGSC, Air Force/A10, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, AFRL, Central Command (CENTCOM) and Navy. This team of NDO SMEs actively engaged with 8 companies. Individually, they discussed the details of 28 IR&D investments representing over $221M ($107 M for IR&D + $114 M for other R&D) of research and development focused on IR&D technology developments, addressing many of the challenges facing the warfighter’s near-term capability areas.
One of the important aspects of May’s NDO IR&D TIM was the opportunity for industry to present their IR&D efforts and the ability of the government SME team to caucus on salient points and provide real-time feedback to presenting companies. This feedback was deliberate in framing possible ways forward in potential R&D partnering, e.g., Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), future discussions at the technical expert level, data exchanges, site visits/demos, and referrals to relevant DoD and other governmental agencies. These activities are ongoing and will prove to be beneficial to both government and industry.
Those attending the meeting agreed it was a critical forum for sustaining meaningful interchange between NDO SMEs and industry representatives, consistent with DoD’s Better Buying Power 3.0 initiatives. We anticipate another NDO event within the next two years, and will continue to share news on the Defense Innovation Marketplace and the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) websites, as well as across social media. Stay tuned for further updates.
The Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), in partnership with the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) proudly announces its intent to conduct the 2016 Nuclear Deterrence Operations (NDO) Independent Research and Development (IR&D) Technology Interchange Meetings (TIMs) on May 16-20. This set of technology discussions will be held in secure facilities at Kirtland Air Force Base (AFB), NM.
We anticipate these face-to-face discussions to be in a classified setting – Collateral Secret as a minimum, with capability to ramp some dialogue into the Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) levels, by request and as needed. More details will follow in subsequent updates to this NDO IR&D TIM webpage.
This technology engagement initiative is led by AFGSC as the lead integrator for the AF NDO Service Core Function. The NDO team that intends to engage with Industry’s nuclear deterrence community includes strategic planners, acquisition and science and technology (S&T) experts from AFGSC, AFNWC, AFRL, and technical subject matter experts (SMEs) from the nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program offices, and other DoD Components and 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 AF-Industry technology engagement, we are sure you will have questions about the technical intent of the engagement, the related documents and other data shared, and processes to be used in the planning and execution of these events. Your inquiries can be addressed to the Government NDO planning team at email@example.com. Our team of NDO experts is postured to provide you timely responses. This team has put together strategic and informative documents that are accessible on the upper right corner of this page under “Electronic Library” – 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 Electronic Library in the order presented, since it builds from general to more specific. Please check back to this webpage for updates as the event draws closer.
Sharing your Nuclear Deterrence Enterprise IR&D Projects
In order to be considered to attend the face-to-face technology dialogue meetings on May 16-20, you have to nominate corporate IR&D projects to the NDO team. The NDO team will select the final list of projects to be presented and discussed in the face-to-face meetings.
Industry inputs should be submitted to the Defense Innovation Marketplace using the "Submit your Nuclear Deterrence Technology IR&D project data here" link at the right-hand-column of this webpage. Follow the input format and submit your project summaries, with any attachments, by 29 January 2016. Please identify which activity area each submission record tends to address for discussion.
Each project summary will generate a Record Number as a unique identifier. Please email the IR&D Record Number(s) of your submission(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your company already has entered IR&D Projects into the secure IR&D database 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 ten (10) in any one activity area) to the same email@example.com email address no later than 29 January 2016. 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 activity areas. The invitation is open to all Industry participants, including large and small businesses, as well as academia. The government NDO team, at this event, will have senior level technical representation from the major NDO activities identified. Be advised that support contractors may supplement the government team. If it becomes necessary to augment the SME pool to include support contractors, Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) will be used to ensure all protocols for protection of proprietary data and intellectual property are strictly followed.
The AFGSC NDO S&T taxonomy includes the following activities of significant interest:
- Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3) – Involves capability gaps associated with effectiveness of NC3 capability to support global planning and execution.
- Strategic Deterrence - Ground (SDG) – Involves capability gaps associated with sustaining and modernizing the Minuteman III and any future ICBM deterrent capability.
- Strategic Deterrence - Air (SDA) – Involves capability gaps associated with standoff weapon capability [Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) & Long-Range Standoff (LRSO)] and bomber sustainment and modernization.
Please note the event's FedBizOps announcement can be found here. All subsequent updates will be posted only to this Defense Innovation Marketplace website. Moreover, the AFGSC NDO 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.
If you are interested in participating, please send your expression of interest immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Early December 2015 – Window opens for submissions of Industry IR&D reports to the Marketplace IR&D database; forward IR&D report number list to email@example.com
- 29 January 2016 – Window closes for submissions of Industry IR&D reports
- Mid-March 2016 – Selected firms receive invitation to participate in the face-to-face event, including allotted dates/times for technical discussions with the Government NEW SME team
- Mid- to Late-April 2016 – Selected firms provide read aheads
- May 16-20, 2016 – Event is conducted at Kirtland AFB, NM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.