Air Force awards $37 million in contracts during Pitch Day events
By THOMAS GNAU | Dayton Daily News | Published: November 21, 2019
(Tribune News Service) — The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) awarded some $37 million in contracts to small businesses during a trio of recent Pitch Day events, held in Dayton, San Francisco and Niceville, Fla.
Modeled after commercial investment pitch competitions, the events were designed to connect the Air Force to technology businesses quickly and without a lot of red tape.
The event at Carillon Park in Dayton last week entertained pitches or proposals from 17 companies. All of the companies at the Dayton event received contracts totaling $15 million.
The next local Pitch Day event will take place in conjunction with the Air Force’s annual Life Cycle Industry Days in Dayton, June 15-19, 2020.
Pitches last week ranged from medical equipment improvement for combat medics to artificial intelligence (AI) target recognition for radars, a release from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said.
“We are just looking for new, innovative ideas or technology advancements that small businesses are working on that we don’t know about,” said Daniel Annett, a member of the AFLCMC team that organized the Dayton event. “We want to bring these businesses forward to enlighten us on things they are doing and see if we can take the technology and transfer it on our aircraft or weapon systems.”
“What we saw were innovative hungry young companies pitching their ideas to provide capabilities or services for our warfighters,” Col. Michael Jiru, program executive officer for the center’s Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Special Operations Forces Directorate. “It was a unique opportunity to see potential game-changing technologies and capabilities be short tracked to our warfighters hands faster.”
The next AFLCMC Pitch Day is Dec. 4 in Orlando, Fla., and will be hosted by the Simulator’s Division.