DoD posts TIDE 2023 RFI

On April 26, the Office of the Secretary of Defense posted a request for information for the Technology Innovation Discovery Event (TIDE) 2023: Anticipating Technological Surprise. Responses are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on May 31.

The purpose of this request for information (RFI) is to identify technologies from private industry, government research and development (R&D) organizations, and academia for inclusion in Technology Innovation Discovery Event (TIDE) 2023.  TIDE 2023 is invitation-only, and structured similarly to a trade show with limited opportunities for showcasing functioning prototypes.

The DoD and U.S. interagency partners use TIDE to gain situational awareness and understanding of the state-of-play of innovative technologies in a specified focus area to inform decision-making that enhances strategic and operational capabilities.  TIDE 2023 seeks to discover emerging capabilities that may produce surprising impacts during future conflicts.  This includes the use of existing commercial technologies that may yield unanticipated military utility through technical modifications or unique applications.  Technological surprise may result from producing an impactful or novel capability, an additive technology that enables a capability to function at a previously unseen scale or speed, or a disruptive countermeasure that neutralizes existing military technologies or capabilities.

The Office of Innovation and Modernization (I&M), within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), sponsors and coordinates the Thunderstorm event series, including TIDE.

The I&M Innovation Discovery program provides Government attendees opportunities to identify new technologies, while providing developers with informative insights and feedback directly from Government end users and subject matter experts.  TIDE specifically functions as an exhibition event where developers showcase their solutions and support hands-on access to prototypes for attendees, within the confines of the venue.  This collaborative environment of Government organizations, academia, and industry helps accelerate the delivery of solutions to DoD and interagency partners.

Participation and attendance at TIDE is by invitation only.  Participating in Innovation Discovery events like TIDE may lead to follow-on collaboration, support for further development, and/or fielding of matured capabilities.

Industry, academia, and Government organizations are encouraged to submit applications addressing their innovative technologies for consideration to participate during TIDE. TIDE 2023 will take place on 30 August 2023 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA.

Review the full TIDE 2023 RFI.

Source: SAM

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