Mark your calendars!

During the week of 13-17 July 2020, the Air Force (AF) Agile Combat Support (ACS) Service Core Function (SCF) community of experts are sponsoring the 2020 ACS Independent Research and Development (IR&D) Technology Interchange Meeting (TIM) at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH.
This invitation is open to all industry IR&D participants, including large, medium-sized and small businesses, as well as academia, National Labs and FFRDCs.

This engagement has broad goals to increase awareness, stimulate collaboration, and seek alignment between industry’s IR&D innovation portfolios and AF’s high-priority science and technology needs and corresponding acquisition sustainment roadmaps. ACS Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from the AF are expected to participate.

Event Scope

This IR&D event will be looking at technologies across multiple capabilities relative to various aspects of Agile Combat Support. Key aspects include sustainment (both depot and flightline) and airbase resiliency.

Sustainment is a critical function to maintain performance legitimacy of USAF weapon systems. Viable USAF fleets of aerospace vehicles operating at optimum performance are essential to US national security and that of its allies. Sustainment technology can enhance every life cycle phase of all Air Force systems as well as contribute capability to the worldwide infrastructure required to maintain fielded systems. Helping assure safety, enabling logistics sustainment while under attack, providing required mission readiness, and being affordable are important measures of success.

Ensuring Airbase Resiliency includes assessing mission threat vulnerabilities and employing initiatives to include hardening of infrastructure, adaptive basing, resilient energy sources, dispersal, industrial control systems protection, and allied partnerships. The goal is to manage risk to our airbases, while enhancing our ability to protect, respond, and recover from disruptions to operations and supporting infrastructure.

Areas of Significant Interest

The 2020 ACS IR&D TIM will address the following areas of significant interest to the Air Force

Predictive Maintenance
Technologies that facilitate understanding and prediction of aircraft maintenance: aircraft state awareness (NDI/NDE), models and simulations for projecting future maintenance
Human Performance and Automation

Tools that aid or enhance human performance of maintenance: automated processes, robot-aided tasks, physical monitoring, augmented reality/virtual reality

Digital Enterprise
Digital tools for aircraft sustainment: artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital twin, digital thread
Airbase Resiliency

Technologies to aid in airbase response and recovery: airfield damage assessment, common operating picture, rapid airfield repair

Ground Support Equipment

Modernization to include hybrid/electric applications

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet with Air Force’s team of ACS experts!

DATE OF POSTING WINDOW OPENS FOR IR&D PROJECT NOMINATIONS BY INDUSTRY
01 March 2020 Window closes for IR&D project nominations by industry
01 May 2020 Send industry invitations to present at the face-to-face meeting
22 June 2020 Industry submits read-ahead briefs
13-17 July 2020 Execute ACS IR&D TIM
Please note dates listed are subject to change. For updates and additional information, stay tuned to the Defense Innovation Marketplace. Thank you and we look forward to this government-industry technology engagement.
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