Sensors COI IR&D Technology Interchange Meeting
Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Hosts Successful Sensors COI IR&D Technology Interchange Meeting
The Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD( in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), held its Sensors CoIs Independent Research and Development (IR&D) Technology Interchange Meeting (TIM) at Ft. Belvoir, VA, 2-4 August 2016. The Sensors CoIs team included over 40 subject matter experts (SMEs) across the three Services, including AFRL Sensors Directorate, AFRL Directed Energy Directorate, Army CERDEC, ONR, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Center, AFRL, Central Command (CENTCOM). Dr. Jennifer Ricklin, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, also attended.
This team of Sensor CoIs SMEs actively engaged with 10 companies. Individually, they discussed the details of 26 IR&D investments representing over $261M ($134 M for IR&D + $127 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 August’s Sensors CoIs 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 Sensor SMEs and industry representatives, consistent with DoD’s Better Buying Power 3.0 initiatives. We anticipate another Sensors CoIs 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.
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Who makes up the Sensors CoIs Team?
A: The Sensors CoIs team is composed of senior technical leaders from across the major components in the Department of Defense and related agencies. In some cases and depending on domains, non-DOD government agencies such as NASA are active participants.
What are the next steps?
A: The Sensors CoIs team has designed this as a year-round process to use the Defense Innovation Marketplace as a data exchange forum to stimulate collaboration with industry. Based on responses to the technical interchange, we expect to hold other forums and have the option to speak to any and all companies who provide insight into their IR&D portfolios. Our process, using The Defense Innovation Marketplace, also enables the opportunity for engagement with our technical experts throughout the year.