Tech Warrior Enterprise is a proven Department of the Air Force (DAF) Small Businesses Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.
In today's rapidly changing and uncertain world, the Air Force is always searching for new capabilities to conduct any mission, meet any contingency, dominate any battlefield, and win any war. Our focus is the Air Force’s focus—to maintain our scientific and technological edge and work towards being stronger, faster, and all around better.
To do this, Tech Warrior Enterprise is designed to attract small business innovation by allowing them to demonstrate their technology in relevant, operation-simulated environments with industry subject matter experts (SMEs) and a variety of Air Force stakeholders. This allows for real-time feedback from their targeted end user.
Together with industry and government experts, Tech Warrior activities are designed to detect flaws and shortcomings in small business technology to create a defined pathway towards technology maturation. Once improvements have been made, small businesses can return to Tech Warrior to test their improvements.
Tech Warrior OPS are quarterly events where warfighters and first responders test small business technology in training and exercise scenarios. Small businesses are then able interview the expert operators and gather specific data and next steps.
The second is Tech Warrior CONNECT, which is a year-round program that places small business technology in the hands of potential users to conduct offsite evaluations for up to several days. This demonstration environment is tailored to suit the individual small business’s needs.
In an effort to meet and exceed their goals, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) created Operation Tech Warrior in 2001.
During this time, and for two weeks annually, Tech Warrior would assemble at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio for initial in-processing, be issued equipment ,and then load onto a C-130 and be flown to Ft. Drum, NY—home of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division—for the Tech Warrior Exercise. Upon arrival to Ft. Drum, participants would process into their new Forward Operation Base (FOB), to be instructed on establishing security, setting up sleeping quarters, and building tents. Over the course of the two weeks, the participants received combat training on topics like mounted, dismounted, and urban operations, and new technologies were used and tested in the training events.
In 2012, Operation Tech Warrior was shelved because of budget cuts made across the military. In 2015, Operation Tech Warrior was taken off the shelf, and the operation was reduced to 10 days, to save time and money, and was opened to not only AFRL but also to the DAF SBIR/STTR community.
On Dec. 6, 2017, Tech Warrior Enterprise, as we know it today, was created and we are excited to share our program with all of you.
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