NEWS | Jan. 26, 2021

Tech Warrior Cyber OPS offers small businesses virtual access to experts, testing

By Tim Tresslar, Contractor, Air Force SBIR/STTR Program

FAIRBORN, Ohio—Tech Warrior Enterprise launched its first Tech Warrior Cyber OPS event recently, providing eight small businesses an opportunity to virtually pitch their technologies to Air Force and other military officials.

Tech Warrior OPS gives small businesses a venue where they can put their technology into the hands of warfighters and first responders. These expert users apply the technology in training-and-exercise scenarios that simulate rigorous operational use and give developers early feedback.

The Oct. 5-9, 2020, virtual cyber event was one of two Tech Warrior Ops events held last month. Organizers also held a virtual event focused on military and tactical technology.

The cyber event included warfighters applying eight small businesses’ technology to critical military challenges. One highlighted the Internet of Things Discovery and Characterization, while a second stressed Assuring Data Over Untrusted Infrastructure. On the final day, the businesses received feedback on their technology from warfighters who used it during the challenge exercises.

Tech Warrior OPS offers small companies wanting to do business with the Air Force an opportunity to interact with future end users, the warfighter and first responders.

Additionally, the venue provides a low-risk setting where companies can discover possible flaws in their technology before it is implemented in a military application, said John Matecki, associate director of training and exercise, Parallax Advanced Research.

Participating businesses included: Heptagon Information Technology (AL); Intelligent Automation (MD); Key Cyber Solutions (VA); MadX, LLC (VA); Davidson Cyber Framework (AL); Infiltron; Rubidex; XanConnect, LLC (D.C.)

In addition to the challenges, the cyber event also featured presentations by such sponsoring organizations as the Air Force Research Laboratories Small Business and T3 programs; the AFRL Information Directorate; and the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program, and USCENTCOM.

The Air Force SBIR/STTR Program and its small business partners strive for advancements that support Air Force Major Commands, system program offices and many others to meet near-term critical needs while filling the pipeline with potential game-changing technologies.

Small businesses with a Department of Defense research and development contract, including those involved in the Air Force SBIR/STTR are welcome to participate in the Tech Warrior Enterprise. For information, they should go through their government contact or by contacting twenterprise@parallaxresearch.org.

Companies can participate in Tech Warrior events for free. But, where applicable, they must pay travel expenses.