University of Alaska Fairbanks

Artificial Intelligence and Next Generation Distributed Command and Control

Department of the Air Force announced it is on the lookout for next-generation AI capabilities to support the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint All Domain Command and Control efforts. The Air Force is allocating nearly $100 million in total funding for awards, with individual awards expected to range from $200,000 to $20 million. Work under this effort will facilitate research and development, integration, testing, and evaluation of AI-based capabilities for distributed command and control.

This announcement is for an Open, 2 Step BAA which is open and effective until 30 AUG 2028.  Only white papers will be accepted as initial submissions; formal proposals will be accepted by invitation only.  While white papers will be considered if received prior to 1600 hours Eastern Standard Time (EST) on 30 AUG 2028, the following submission dates are suggested to best align with projected funding:

FY24 by 13 SEP 2023

FY25 by 15 Mar 2024

FY26 by 15 Mar 2025

FY27 by 15 Mar 2026

FY28 by 15 Mar 2027

Artificial Intelligence (AI) holds great potential in transforming the Department of the Air Force (DAF) and Joint Force Command and Control (C2) capabilities across strategic, operational, and tactical levels by enabling decision makers to effectively assess the battlespace, rapidly explore, create, and select the best plan, and direct and monitor forces at pace and scale in a distributed setting. This BAA is interested in exploring new and advancing existing AI and distributed C2 concepts.