DEFCON AI wins Air Force SBIR contract

On December 16, Tysons, VA-based DEFCON AI, a next-generation software company building the foundation to enhance the modeling, simulation, and artificial intelligence enterprise across the Department of Defense (DoD), announced that it closed a Department of the Air Force Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract. This contract was awarded through Air Force Installations and Sustainment Center and Air Mobility Command to accelerate the transition from prototype to production code for DEFCON AI’s operational-level logistics and mobility training software. The award was formally received through DEFCON AI’s incubator, Red Cell Partners.

In June 2022, DEFCON AI was awarded the Department of the Air Force Phase II SBIR to support the initial development of the program. The Phase III SBIR has been awarded to develop and deliver the production version of DEFCON AI 12 months ahead of schedule, and in parallel to the on-going prototype efforts. Initial operational capabilities will be delivered to the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command (AMC), a US Air Force major command and component of US Transportation Command, by the end of 2025.

DEFCON AI is building a hands-on, artificial intelligence enabled training and rehearsal software platform that contains a game-theory driven modeling and simulation environment. This environment, known as the Simulation Fabric™ leverages cutting-edge technology to create a digital representation of AMC’s operational logistics network in order to support training and mission planning. The Simulation Fabric™ also provides an intelligent adversary that introduces disruptions to challenge planners and planning activities. The platform will help manage complex supply chains and mobility network disruptions caused by natural disasters or manipulation by capable adversaries.

“Understanding the impact of disruptions to supply chains–in the military and private sector–has never been more important, but it is one of the most critical aspects to maintaining operational workflows,” said General (retired) Paul Selva, DEFCON AI’s co-founder and chief strategy officer. “To address this gap, we are building tools that will augment and support AMC’s ability to quickly and thoughtfully respond to events around the world, including potential adversaries seeking to hinder US mobility operations.”

DEFCON AI is designing production quality software to enable AMC operational-level planners to see the downstream effects of decisions within a simulated mobility network. Planners will be able to compare different courses of action and replay scenarios, so lessons learned can be adapted and used in the event of a real-world disruption or in contested environments.

Col. Bradley Rueter, director of the AMC Commander’s Initiative Group, commented, “During our initial development with the DEFCON AI Team, it became clear we were on the right track. The current and emerging world situation requires us to ‘accelerate or lose,’ so we challenged DEFCON AI to accelerate the integration of the SBIR Phase II prototype code into a mature production model to deliver tools to planners before the end of 2025. We are eager to advance the partnership and determined to bring these new tools into our mobility planning processes.”

“The DEFCON AI team is honored to have received an additional SBIR contract that allows for the acceleration of our previously announced tools for Air Mobility Command,” said Yisroel Brumer, DEFCON AI’s co-founder and CEO. “These tools are urgently needed by planners in the field, and we’re already making giant strides that will allow us to complete this phase of work by 2025.”


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