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A Message from the AFRL Chief Information Officer and Senior Scientist - Dr. Alok Das
In a quest to rapidly capitalize on emerging technology trends, the United States Air Force is actively seeking small high tech companies with great ideas and agile development processes to exploit these new developments for novel military and commercial applications.
For this effort, we are using a faster, more focused development process, offering expanded transition opportunities. We will be leveraging the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the authority for Direct to Phase II (D2P2) contracts. As you may know, the SBIR program is a competitive program that invests in small businesses for advanced technologies. Under the current solicitation, we plan to directly award one year duration Phase II contracts for technology development/application efforts up to ~$1.6M in three technology areas, thus streamlining this acquisition by seeking companies that have done relevant background research and skipping the traditional Phase I process.
This initiative seeks proposals in three areas:
AF19.1-D001 Low Cost Laser Communications Ground Terminal Network
AF19.1-D002 Miniature Radar to Counter Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)
AF19.1-D003 Mitigation of Small Unmanned Aircraft System Swarms (sUASS)
More details on the D2P2 SBIR program and these topics are available at https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/topics/instructions . The information on that website is pre-solicitation, so interested parties should check back on that website after the official release on 8 Jan 2019 for changes in the instructions, if any. The deadline for proposals is 6 Feb 2019.