The U.S. Army seeks proposals for advanced warfighting technologies from small and non-traditional defense entities as part of an effort that aims to encourage public-private teaming in developing new offerings for the service branch.
The Army said in a notice that the Army Expeditionary Technology Search or xTechSearch competition aims to boost innovations in long range precision fires; next generation combat vehicles; future vertical lift; network with hardware, software and infrastructure; air and missile defense and soldier lethality.
The service will select interested participants that operate in and maintain a business site in the U.S. and those acting outside the scope of their employment in the federal government.
The chosen contestants are required to present a white paper at the first phase of xTechSearch about their skills and plan for the challenge, then pitch their proposals to a panel of Army and Defense Department subject matter representatives in the second phase.
The third phase will involve the participants showcasing their innovations among DoD customers, industry partners and academia, while the fourth phase will feature the final demonstration of the proposed technologies.
The grand winner of xTechSearch will receive a total prize of $200,000.
Initial proposals will be accepted until July 11.