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Advisory: AFCENT Innovation Day

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  • By Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central)
  • Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central)

Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central) is hosting an AFCENT Innovation Day on Feb. 15 at the Carolina Skies Club at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., to the problem sets below (not in priority order):

1. Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) facilitates the full range of air operations in the US Central Command theater.  Air Domain Awareness (ADA) and the ability to counter the full compendium of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) threats (Counter UAS) are guiding principles of IAMD.  Currently ADA and CUAS are accomplished by numerous “stove piped” infrastructures and a non-integrated patchwork of systems contributing to a seam complicating command and control with respect to detection and engagement of Groups 1-3 UAS and Cruise Missiles. 

2. 9 AF (AFCENT) requires an integrated, consolidated air picture which feeds a single application and is shareable among U. S. entities, allies and partners.

3. 9 AF (AFCENT) requires automated and modernized intelligence tools to support various aspects of the Find, Fix, Track, Target, Engage, and Assess (F2T2EA) process for Air Force and joint targeting; and to reduce manually intensive processes in favor of automated (and potentially augmented and artificial intelligence/machine learning) processes and technology to speed kill chains.

4. 9 AF (AFCENT) requires lightweight, resilient, scalable, and open architecture solutions that leverage Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) technology and other technologies, while maintaining Department of Defense Cybersecurity requirements.  Solutions should have the resiliency to maintain high availability in communications degraded or denied environments, and support distributed operations between CONUS and the US Central Command theater.  9 AF (AFCENT) requires capabilities/solutions to be data-centric solutions with open application programming interfaces (APIs).

* Please provide industry solutions to the above problems via a capability statement(s) for problems 1 – 4.  Please identify which problem your capabilities may help solve by Jan. 26 and send to Lt Col Michael Quinn at and Lt Col Christopher Phillips at To RSVP by Jan. 26, please use this link.

Also, there will be a luncheon sponsored by Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) mid-day with a guest speaker on innovation, as well as a social. To receive more information on the AFCEA luncheon or RSVP, please email or Lt Nicholas Blessing at To receive more information on the social or RSVP, please email Lt Ikerria Sanders at

Disclaimer:  References to non-federal entities do not constitute or imply Department of Defense or Air Force endorsement of any company or organization

If there are any questions please contact Lt Col Noemi Antedomenico,, Comm 803-717-5995 and Lt Col Michael Quinn,