BEAVERCREEK, Ohio—Forty-one small U.S. businesses had the opportunity in April to virtually demonstrate proprietary technology with possible tactical applications during the Tech Warrior Tactical OPS event.
The five-day event ranked as the largest-ever Tech Warrior Tactical OPS event, based on the total number of participating small businesses. Tech Warrior Enterprise organized the function with the AFWERX Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program.
Participants in Tech Warrior OPS presented their technology to experienced military operators and industry subject matter experts (SMEs). During the presentations, the experts gave the developers early feedback. Past events have focused on such disparate technological categories as medicine and cyber security.
In addition to virtual demonstrations, participants also discussed prototypes and fielded questions from subject-matter experts, government tech scouts and industry personnel. Furthermore, industry leaders such as Lockheed Martin, AFWERX SBIR/STTR Program Office, STRIKEWERX, Catalyst Campus/KSBDC/TRIAD, T3 Entrepreneurs Center, Air Force and Space Force Tech Connect, Wright Brothers Institute (WBI), and the Academic Partnership Engagement Experience (APEX) provided 12 educational sessions showcasing small business resources, answering tough questions about government procurement, addressing small business’ needs, and more.
Participating companies included: Adaptive Corp. (OH); Aerosolization Equity Investments (NC); Airrow Inc. (CA); Alden Research (MA); Animal Cloud Device Connectivity (TX); ATLAS Space Operations (MI); Autondyne LLC (FL); Bailout Systems Inc. (OH); BAND Connect Inc. (OH); Battle Sight Technologies (OH); Buckeye Photonics (OH); and Cognitecth Corp. (UT).
Other participating businesses included: DropDrone (CA); EFX Applied Technology Inc. (MN); Elphel (UT); Event 38 Unmanned Systems Inc. (OH); EVSPS (MA); Healium (MO); IMeasureU Inc. (CO); Immobileyes (OH); Information Systems Laboratories (CA); Innovator Health (AR); IoTAI Inc. (CA); and Katz Water Technologies (TX). Other involved companies were: Lateral Concept Development (NC); Legionarius LLC (MA); Logistic Gliders Inc. (CA); Lynk Global (VA); Microcvd Corp. (OH); necoTech (OH); Ohio Drone LLC (OH); Redhawk Construction (OK); Romeo Six LLC (NC); Sentinel Occupational Safety Inc. (OH); Stat Diagnostics (TX); Valley IT Solutions LLC (ND); Wilkinson Tactical LLC (WY); and Wisconsin Telelift Inc. (WI).
AFWERX SBIR/STTR has been involved with Tech Warrior OPS since its 2017 launch.
Tech Warrior Enterprise was launched in 2017 to support small businesses developing products for the warfighter by getting them feedback from operators. The organization uses its Tech Warrior Connect and Tech Warrior OPS events to link small companies with experienced field operators.
Small businesses with a Department of Defense research and development contract, including those involved in the AFWERXSBIR/STTR program, are welcome to participate in the Tech Warrior Enterprise. For information, they should go through their government contact or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Companies can participate in Tech Warrior events for free. But, where applicable, they must pay travel expenses.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was established by Congress in 1982 to fund research and development (R&D) by small businesses of 500 or fewer employees. Eleven federal agencies participate in the program, including the Department of Defense.
The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program was established in 1992 to fund cooperative R&D projects with small businesses and non-profit U.S. research institutions, such as universities. Five federal agencies participate, including the Department of Defense. Both programs focus on projects and services with the potential to develop into a product for military or commercial sectors.