Defense TechConnect

NOVEMBER 28-30, 2023


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Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX)
The Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment (APEX) is a first-of-its-kind program that aims to enhance partnerships between the Department of the Air Force and academia nationwide in support of the United States Air Force Science & Technology 2030 Strategy. APEX is a Department of the Air Force partnership intermediary agreement. APEX provides free resources to academic researchers and innovators throughout the U.S.A. who are interested in participating in or applying for funding from the Air Force Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transition Research (STTR) programs. APEX's goal is to make a major leap forward in Department of the Air Force defense technology innovation and development.



Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.


Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2007 sales of $41.9 billion. As a lead systems integrator and information technology company, the majority of Lockheed Martin's business is with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. federal government agencies. In fact, Lockheed Martin is the largest provider of IT services, systems integration, and training to the U.S. Government. The remaining portion of Lockheed Martin's business is comprised of international government and some commercial sales of our products, services and platforms.


Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense, and cyberspace to meet the ever-evolving needs of our customers worldwide. A pioneering company committed to advancing global security and human discovery by providing leading technology, and national security solutions and services. Northrop Grumman has approximately 90,000 employees with more than 550 facilities in all 50 U.S. states and in more than 25 countries around the world.



National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) primary national laboratory for renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced transportation and mobility research. From scientific discovery to accelerating market adoption, NREL deploys its deep technical expertise and unmatched breadth of capabilities to drive the transformation of our nation's energy resources and systems. Today, local governments are leading the nation in addressing complex energy challenges and setting ambitious goals. NREL's technical and collaborative approach offers "science toward solutions," focused on the use of credible and objective data, analytics, and advanced energy and mobility system modeling to equip local government decision-makers in mapping a path toward and achieving their energy goals.


Raytheon Technologies

Raytheon Technologies (
Raytheon Technologies is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. The company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Arlington, VA.






TI, a public-service nonprofit based in Summerville, S.C., builds and manages collaborations that conduct research and development of new technologies to solve our nation's most pressing challenges. Fueled by a community of experts from industry, academia, and government, ATI accelerates impact by using the power of collaboration to help the federal government quickly acquire novel technologies. ATI is a subsidiary of Analytic Services, Inc. (ANSER), a public-service research institute organized as a nonprofit corporation, which is dedicated to informing decisions that shape the nation's future.



Medical CBRN Defense Consortium (MCDC)
The Medical CBRN Defense Consortium (MCDC) is a well-established community of industry, academia, and government focused on rapid prototyping and maturing medical countermeasures to prevent, detect and treat exposure to CBRN threats. Through an Other Transaction Agreement with the JPEO-CBRND (Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense), the MCDC is developing life-saving medical pharmaceutical, diagnostics and therapeutics to safe-guard and enhance the mission effectiveness of our soldiers.

The MCDC scope spans development of medical countermeasure prototypes to include vaccines (COVID-19, Marburg, Ebola, VEE, VEEV, Botulinum, etc.), therapeutics (COVID-19, SNAPP, small molecule antivirals, OPNAs, Smallpox, MDR Bacterial bio threat pathogens, Tularemia, etc.), detection/diagnostics (Meliodiosis, Plague, CRISPR-based, man-portable diagnostics systems, antibody platforms, etc.), autoinjectors (Scopolamine, Naloxone, Diazepam, etc.) and other needs.



Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Consortion (CWMD)
The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Consortium is a well-established community of industry, academia and government focused on rapid prototyping and maturing countering WMD efforts and CBRNE hazard awareness. Through an Other Transaction Agreement with the JPEO-CBRND (Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense), the CWMD Consortium is accomplishing the counter WMD related prototyping needs of any federal agency.

The CWMD scope spans development of PPE, detection systems, sensors, other protection needs, and situational awareness. These address consequence management/hazard mitigation; threats/vulnerabilities awareness and counter-proliferation technologies/capabilities; arms control technologies; experimentation of emerging technologies and CBRNE technologies to deliver capabilities to the warfighter.



Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC)
The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC) is a internationally-dispersed consortium with members from industry, academia and the nonprofit sector that aims to be the partner of choice for private industry, academic institutions, government agencies, and other research organizations seeking to accelerate the development of medical solutions that prevent and treat injuries and restore America's military and veterans to full health.

It is a 501(c)(3) biomedical technology consortium collaborating with multiple government agencies under an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC). MTEC represents a first-of-its-kind construct that combines the "traditional" government-funded prototype project work with the ability to raise and execute private sector funding.

In partnership with the Department of Defense and private support, MTEC is working to prevent injuries and accelerate the development of revolutionary medical solutions. Ultimately, all citizens will benefit from these technologies and healthcare solutions.



Senior Healthcare Innovation Consortium (SHIC)
SHIC is an education and scientific research consortium dedicated to leveraging technology and data to positively impact senior healthcare treatment and delivery models to reduce societal costs. SHIC's mission is to improve senior population health quality, safety and illness prevention, reduce social costs, and alleviate staffing shortages. SHIC members are a collaborative coalition of senior population healthcare solution-oriented innovators focused on senior healthcare critical issues:

  • Aging population & eldercare economics
  • Holistic approach to elder healthcare
  • Risk mitigation in senior healthcare
  • Age-related cognitive & chronic disease
  • Interoperable solutions for independent living
  • Rural and under-represented communities
  • Nutrition & food safety
  • Drug management



RISE Consortium
The mission of the Resilient Infrastructure + Secure Energy (RISE) Consortiumâ„¢ is to address the energy security and climate crises by reimagining how we use, generate, transport, and store energy and how we build efficient, modern, resilient infrastructure. The RISE Consortium will work with innovators and experts to rapidly deploy technologies for installation and operational energy, integrate energy and climate resilience into performance contracting, and develop new business models to ensure those solutions are scalable. The RISE Consortium also serves as an industry forum to engage with new federal energy and resilience policies, standards, and programs.

RISE is a national consortium whose members include: manufacturers, technology startups, energy services companies, utilities, academic institutions, financiers, and legal, consulting, and engineering firms who wish to work with the federal government to accelerate energy and infrastructure modernization.



National Spectrum Consortium (NSC)
The National Spectrum Consortium members develop prototypes via an easy-to-use, highly flexible, $2.5 billion contracting instrument known as the Spectrum Forward Other Transaction Agreement (OTA). The OTA focuses on technology areas that enable spectrum sharing and maneuver, and that leverage expanded spectrum access to advance future generations (5G/xG) of wireless communications architectures and capabilities. Its scope includes exploitation of the massive amounts of data traversing through spectrum, enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML), big data and data analytics, and more — all within zero trust environments.

The NSC also provides new use cases and approaches for incorporation into regional and international standards bodies, and insights for government stakeholders seeking efficient ways to better understand the state of technology in multiple rapidly advancing and interdependent fields.

Currently recruiting a broad and diverse membership that includes representatives from large businesses, small businesses, "non-traditional" government contractors, academic research institutions and not-for-profit organizations.



Consortium for Rare Earth Technologies (CREATE)
The Consortium for Rare Earths Technologies (CREaTe) brings together the community of organizations that mine, process and use Rare Earths, and connects them with the organizations that can develop technologies to help them. CREaTe focuses on enabling collaborative technology development from pre-competitive roadmapping up through prototype development and production for the benefit of the entire U.S. industrial base. Representatives from U.S. government, industry and academia are invited to join CREaTe.



Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC)
The Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC) is a collaboration of small and large businesses, for-profit and not for-profit entities, academic organizations, and their affiliated organizations working collaboratively with the U.S. Government to rapidly transition innovative vertical lift technologies and to coordinated research and development program designed for prototype aviation technologies. The Vertical Lift Consortium supports the $10+ Billion AMTC contracting authority for rapid prototyping of cutting edge technologies.



America's DataHub Consortium (ADC)
America's DataHub Consortium (ADC) strengthens, supports, and advances the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) mission by engaging in ground-breaking activities related to data access and sharing, infrastructure, and analysis across the broad landscape of the science and engineering enterprise. The consortium's primary objectives are to:

  • Develop new ways of acquiring and linking data to yield valuable insights into critical issues
  • Support cutting-edge data infrastructure
  • Build even stronger data security capabilities to further increase privacy protections and public trust
  • Provide novel and innovative analyses
  • Document and provide lessons learned for similar activities across the federal government.



Homeland SecurityTechnology Consortium (HSTech)
The Homeland SecurityTechnology Consortium (HSTech) supports the collaborative R&D and rapid prototyping/piloting needs for the Department of Homeland Security and its components. HSTech sources capabilities across the homeland security and national border security technology spectrum.

Focus areas include:

  • Identification and assessment
  • Targeting and intelligence
  • Authentication and verification
  • Communications and information management
  • Other homeland security-related capabilities





Technology Transfer Days

Technology Transfer Days
Technology Transfer Days (TTD) meetups are community volunteer-led, participatory, collaborative learning driving innovation, discovery, and technology transfer opportunities for participants interested in technology transfer (T2) science and technology (S&T) ecosystems and creating inclusive cultures of innovation.

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