DOD releases Small Business Strategy

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Department of Defense released its Small Business Strategy Jan. 26. The strategy promotes a strong, dynamic, and robust small business industrial base by focusing on reducing barriers to entry, increasing set-aside competitions, and leveraging programs to grow the industrial base. “From manufacturers providing the critical parts that we need for our arsenal – to technology... Read more about DOD releases Small Business Strategy

Howard University becomes first HBCU to partner with the Pentagon

Howard University becomes the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to partner with the Pentagon for military technology research featuring a five-year, $90 million contract. The research center is the first Department of Defense university research center sponsored by the Air Force and will focus on tactical autonomy, according to president of Howard University Wayne A.I... Read more about Howard University becomes first HBCU to partner with the Pentagon

New AFRL mission area leads integrate, execute space S&T needs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) – Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, Commander Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle announced new space mission area leads, or MAL, in December 2022. With the growing national space community, she said, adding space MALs will help support the range of customers in the expanding ecosystem. “The team will build a critical communication path with the Space Force... Read more about New AFRL mission area leads integrate, execute space S&T needs

AFRL infrastructure projects boost readiness, security

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) -- While the Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, is notable for developments inside the lab, a series of projects at AFRL sites across the U.S. is modernizing infrastructure and strengthening science and technology capabilities for national defense. These projects include new rocket fabrication machines in California, increased security measures in... Read more about AFRL infrastructure projects boost readiness, security

Machine Learning, AI Needed For JADC2 Secure Comms

The Pentagon-wide effort to connect sensors to shooters to gain decision dominance should prioritize secure communications, industry executives said. The Air Force is looking at new technologies to support its contribution to the joint all-domain command and control, or JADC2, campaign, including systems that use machine learning and artificial intelligence to speed up comms. A secure... Read more about Machine Learning, AI Needed For JADC2 Secure Comms

Air Passenger Taxis and Air Ambulance Are Seen as the Biggest eVTOL Growth Markets

Air passenger taxis, air ambulance and cargo transport are seen as the three areas of the eVTOL market that will see the biggest growth over the next five years. This is according to new research from Horizon Aircraft, an innovative leader in hybrid electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aerial vehicles, with private equity and venture capital professionals. Key to growth of the eVTOL... Read more about Air Passenger Taxis and Air Ambulance Are Seen as the Biggest eVTOL Growth Markets

AFMC releases 2023 Strategic Plan

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) -- The Air Force Materiel Command released a new Strategic Plan outlining the ways it will work to deliver the advanced, integrated materiel capabilities the Air Force needs to deter aggression and prevail against the modern adversarial threats. The AFMC plan directly aligns to the seven Department of the Air Force Operational Imperatives and focuses on... Read more about AFMC releases 2023 Strategic Plan

AFWERX, Army partner in first multiservice contracting sprint

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFRL) -- The AFWERX contracting team partnered with two Army organizations to execute the first multiservice Small Business Innovation Research, or SBIR, and Small Business Technology Transfer, or STTR, contracting sprint. The exercise, in which AFWERX partnered with the Army Futures Command, or AFC, and Army Contracting Command, or ACC, was a collaborative... Read more about AFWERX, Army partner in first multiservice contracting sprint

What to Know About the Pentagon’s New Push for Zero Trust

The Pentagon is taking cybersecurity to the next level — and they’re helping organizations of all kinds do the same. Here’s how the U.S. Department of Defense is implementing zero trust and why this matters to all businesses and organizations. But first, let’s review this zero trust business. What is Zero Trust? Zero trust is the most important cybersecurity idea in a generation. But “zero trust”... Read more about What to Know About the Pentagon’s New Push for Zero Trust

UK Dstl and US AFRL demonstrate jointly developed AI toolbox

Artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomy experts from the US and the UK have collaboratively demonstrated AI-based technology that can be deployed to support warfighters. The demonstrations were conducted during two major military exercises that involved the participation of a total of 30 experts from the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory... Read more about UK Dstl and US AFRL demonstrate jointly developed AI toolbox