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Air Force Helps Small Companies Refine Tech Platforms Via Annual Exercise

The Air Force Research Laboratory has conducted an annual exercise that aims to help small businesses further develop their technology platforms through tech demonstrations and combat simulations.

The service branch sponsors the Operation Tech Warrior exercise through the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program, the Air Force said Monday.

Operation Tech Warrior is part of the year-round Tech Warrior Enterprise organized by Wright State University’s National Center for Medical Readiness in Ohio.

Operation Tech Warrior seeks to help AFRL scientists perform observations and allow small companies to collect feedback from scientists to conduct technology integration.

“We encourage companies through the Tech Warrior Enterprise to fail early and fail often because that exposes what needs to be fixed and is the best way to quickly mature products and technology,” said David Shahady, director of the Air Force SBIR/STTR Program.

The Tech Warrior Enterprise also features the Tech Warrior CONNECT and Tech Warrior OPS programs.

Tech Warrior CONNECT allows potential users to carry out offsite assessments of technology platforms, while the Tech Warrior OPS provides small businesses an opportunity to gather feedback from product users.

The military branch will hold a webinar on the Tech Warrior Enterprise Dec. 6.

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