DoD seeks applications for Thunderstorm 24-3

On April 4, the Immediate office of the Secretary of Defense released a request for information (RFI) to identify technologies from private industry, Government Research and Development (R&D) organizations, and academia for inclusion in Thunderstorm 24-3.  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on May 15.

Thunderstorm 24-3 is an invitation-only field technology showcase taking place in an operationally relevant environment, with a collaborative atmosphere in which Government-end users discover innovative technologies through hands-on engagement.

The Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. interagency partners use Thunderstorm to discover new technologies, enhance collaboration, and provide developers with immediate feedback to accelerate maturation of innovative capabilities. Thunderstorm 24-3 focuses on innovative solutions for robotic partners and human-machine interfaces (HMI).

Robotics and HMI solutions are critical in DoD operations because they enhance warfighter capabilities in challenging environments and across multiple mission spaces. Robotics solutions potentially mitigate risks to humans, while HMI capabilities enable warfighters to integrate autonomous or semi-autonomous technologies to increase mission effectiveness while reducing operator workload.  Applicable across all domains, robotics and HMI technologies provide a technological advantage in unpredictable operational conditions.

The Innovation & Modernization (I&M) office within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD (R&E)) sponsors and coordinates the Thunderstorm series of events with stakeholders from across the DoD. Thunderstorm 24-3 is conducted in close cooperation with the U.S. Army to advance their Human-Machine Integrated Formations (HMIF) initiative, as well as with the Special Operations Command and the U.S. Air Force.

Thunderstorm 24-3 will take place 16-20 September 2024, Near College Station, Texas. Interested parties are welcome to submit their application(s) addressing their proposed technologies for Thunderstorm 24-3 by following the instructions and guidance provided in the RFI. The application deadline is 5:00 PM EST on 15 May 2024.

Review the Thunderstorm 24-3 RFI.

Source: SAM

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