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Air Force Global Strike Command to Host
2017 Nuclear Deterrence Operations (NDO) Innovation Summit

12-15 September 2017

Mark your Calendars and don’t miss this innovation summit with the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) and multiple other Organizations in the Fall of 2017! This future-look technology engagement is seeking senior-level technical participants from Industry and academic research organizations. Industry includes both large and small businesses and the academic community includes all government sponsored and private institutes of higher learning. Take a look at this engagement’s announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website (Solicitation Number: AFGSC-17-SCTIS)

As the lead Air Force Major Command for National Leadership Command Capabilities & Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NLCC/NC3), AFGSC is responsible for establishing processes and procedures for organizing, training, and equipping the AF NC3 enterprise. The NLCC/NC3 enterprise is composed of Air Force personnel, processes, and platforms which support the National Leadership Command and Control and the United States Nuclear Command and Control System providing connectivity between the President of the United States, national leadership, Nuclear Combatant Commanders, and fielded US nuclear forces deployed within the Continental United States and world-wide. The Air Force NC3 weapon system consists of various components operated as stand-alone systems and/or embedded within terrestrial, airborne, and space-borne systems. AFGSC is seeking innovative science and technology (S&T) ideas which will enable or transform the Air Force NLCC/NC3 enterprise in the 2035+ timeframe. These forward-looking ideas will enhance the Air Force’s ability to organize, train, and equip for missions in the future.

To this end, AFGSC will hold its first Nuclear Deterrence Operations (NDO) Innovation Summit with Industry and Academia tentatively scheduled for 12-15 September 2017. The venue will be determined soon, but is expected to be at Barksdale AFB LA, or the surrounding community.

Government invitees are expected to include the Air Force Chief Scientist as well as senior leaders from USSTRATCOM, USN, HAF, AFGSC, AFSPC, ACC, AMC, AETC, AFMC, DTRA, DISA, DARPA, MDA, and numerous subordinate organizations. This summit will provide your organization the opportunity to present White Papers detailing any programs/technologies which are appropriate and applicable for consideration based on the NLCC/NC3 topical parameters discussed above. AFGSC, along with other NDO subject matter experts will review all submissions and select a limited number of White Paper topics for presentation during the summit week of 12-15 September 2017.

The white paper submissions will consist of two parts as described below. Submissions are limited to five pages total for both sections combined (not including title page and reference pages, if used). White Papers should be kept UNCLASSIFIED/FOUO, however, if this is an issue, please work with the POCs listed below to resolve prior to the submission date. Multiple submissions are allowed. Additional data for the two part papers is provided below.

Part One: Given the NLCC/NC3 “core mission” as described above, and in order to understand your program/technology in context, submissions should include a vignette similar to those found in the “Air Force Future Operating Concept, a View of the Air Force in 2035” published in September 2015. Your vignette need not go into exhaustive detail, but should provide the reader a sense for how the program / technology will benefit AF operations given your organization’s projection of the world in 2035+. Vignettes should be one page or less given the five page limit.

Part Two: Document your organization’s program/technology in enough detail to allow a sufficient review. Details should include key milestones / technologies needed for successful program realization, as well as a technology maturity and timeliness assessment. Given the Innovation Summit’s 2035+ focus, today’s technological limitations should not constrain your submissions; however, all submissions should be realistically achievable within the timeframe considered.

If you are interested in participating,

send your expression of interest to the event POCs, Mr. Charlie Botell, and Ms. Susie Smith.

Please direct technical questions and comments to Lt Col Dave Jones, Deputy Chief Scientist at HQ AFGSC. Please submit your white papers to AFGSC/ST Workflow at

Stay tuned to this webpage and the FBO associated FBO solicitation number shown in the first page of this webpage. We anticipate providing a number of updates in the upcoming weeks, as details are finalized. Additional instructions will soon follow, as you prepare for this AFGSC Innovation Summit.


  1. The goal of AFGSC is to identify the most salient, reasonable, and credible ideas and concepts relevant to the future Air Force NLCC/NC3 mission. As appropriate, AFGSC leadership will provide advocacy to the appropriate S&T funding agen cies for select program/technology evaluation and further development to support our nuclear deterrence mission. Direct funding decisions will not be a part of the Innovation Summit.
  2. The government is not obligated to enter into a contract with Industry as a result of this Innovation Summit or from summit dialogue. Data exchanges as a result of these dialogue activities follow No Foreign Nationals (NOFORN) and International Traffic Arms Regulations (ITAR) restrictions. 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. Again, Please stay tuned to subsequent announcement updates; anticipate biweekly or monthly. Thank you and we look forward to these government-Industry technology engagements.