JIFX 21-2 Informational Sessions

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The mission of the Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) is to deliver innovative, leap-ahead capabilities to the Joint Force through prototypes and experiments that accelerate, align, and evaluate Joint mission capabilities. RRTO’s strength is the ability to discover new ideas for emerging technologies and capabilities, turn them into executable programs, and accelerate capability to the warfighter.

Lieutenant Colonel Terence M. Connelly, USMC

Chief Operating Officer,
Rapid Reaction Technology Office

Monday, 01 March
0900 Pacific Time

The mission of the Naval Warfare Studies Institute (NWSI) is to coordinate NPS inter-disciplinary research and education to accelerate and enhance warfare concept and capability development.

Colonel Randolph G. Pugh, USMC

Senior Marine Representative and
Associate Dean of Research,
Naval Postgraduate School

Tuesday, 02 March
0900 Pacific Time

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was established by Congress in 1982 with a statutory purpose to strengthen the role of innovative small business concerns (SBCs) in Federally-funded research or research and development (R/R&D). Specific program purposes are to: (1) Stimulate technological innovation; (2) use small business to meet Federal R/R&D needs; (3) foster and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged SBCs in working in technological innovation; and (4) increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal R/R&D, thereby increasing competition, productivity and economic growth.

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program is a sister program to SBIR, established by Congress in 1992 with a similar statutory purpose as SBIR. A major difference in the two programs is that the STTR requires the small business to have a research partner consisting of a University, Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), or a qualified non-profit research institution. In STTR, the small business must be the prime contractor and perform at least 40% of the work, with the research partner performing at least 30% of the work. The balance can be done by either party and/or a third party.

Mr. Robert Smith

Department of the Navy (DON)
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) 

The Department of the Navy (DON) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) prides itself on providing the highest quality of resources and information to small businesses. The mission of OSBP is to promote acquisition opportunities where small business can best support the needs of our Sailors and Marines.

Ms. Arveice Washington

Deputy Director,
Department of the Navy (DON) 
Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP)

Tuesday, 02 March
1000 Pacific Time

The NAVSEA Warfare Centers established the Unmanned Vehicles and Autonomous Systems (UVAS) Working Group (WG) across its ten Divisions in September 2015 under the leadership of former NAVSEA Warfare Centers Executive Director, Mr. Donald McCormack, SES, along with then Deputy Assistant Secretary of Navy for Unmanned Systems, Mr. Frank Kelley. Over the last five years, the UVAS Working Group's membership has expanded to over 1,000 representatives from across the Naval Research and Development Establishment (NR&DE), DoD, and its complex of partnering organizations. 

The UVAS Working Group's mission is to sustain a thriving high velocity learning enterprise that collaboratively exploits the NR&DE's collective technical capabilities to ensure Naval Forces and the Warfighter have the most reliable and cost effective unmanned systems practical through vital partnerships with DoD, industry, and academia.

Mr. Christopher Egan, SSTM

USW Unmanned Systems and Autonomous Behavior,
NUWC Division, Newport

Mr. Reid McAllister

Integrated Unmanned Maritime Mobility Systems,
NSWC Carderock Division

Tuesday, 02 March
1330 Pacific Time

Thunderstorm is an enduring venue sponsored by RRTO for new technologies to be integrated, evaluated and assessed under real world conditions. Focus areas are developed through partnerships with DoD entities to determine current deficiencies and areas of interest.

Mr. Thomas Goodall

Engineering Program Manager, 
Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory

Wednesday, 03 March
0830 Pacific Time