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R&D Collaborations; A Key to Success in an Era of Affordability

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Technology Focus Area Pages have been posted to the Marketplace at:  The material is Distribution “D”.  An active DTIC Account or DoD CAC is necessary to view this information.

The 2014 Wright Dialogue with Industry on 22-24 July 2014 will expand and enhance the format introduced at last year’s event. In 2013 we significantly changed the format and content to provide a more in-depth treatment of the Technical Focus Areas and greater dialogue. We will again leverage the Defense Innovation Marketplace (DIM) website to jump-start the exchange of information and ideas between Air Force Researchers, Industry, and Academia. We will also again host the event-specific web-portal. We will work closely to obtain and post current program and roadmap information as it becomes available to enable and facilitate dialogue. The event web portal will enable advance submissions of questions, Q&A during the event, and post-event follow-up to a much greater extent than last year. In addition, we will offer keynote speakers, topics of special interest, and a parallel tracks for partnering with industry, government and academia.

The 2014 Wright Dialogue with Industry will feature daylong technical interchanges on 8 key Technology Focus Areas, and one Collaboration Track including:

  • Next Gen Aerospace
  • Space & Nuclear
  • Weapons
  • ISR (Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance)
  • Human Performance
  • C4 (Command, Control, Cyber & Communication)
  • Affordability & Sustainment
  • Electronic Warfare/Electronic Protection

About the "Marketplace" – The Marketplace website ( is the DoD developed centralized online resource to better connect industry with government customers and invigorate innovation.  It provides Industry a place to learn about DoD investment priorities and capability needs.  It also provides Government a new suite of search tools to assess and leverage industry technology projects.  The goal is to use this on-line resource, available 24/7, to accomplish much of the preparation in advance of the actual Wright Dialogue with Industry, allowing much more focused, in-depth technical two-way dialogue between Industry representatives and AFRL technologists during the actual event.

About the Wright Dialogue Portal – The WDI Portal will be available to registered attendees several weeks prior to the event.  It will provide WDI specific documents as well as discussion forums for each of the technical focus areas.  We will use it before during and after the event. 

Step 1: Register for Conference
Step 2: Submit your DD form 2345 (if industry)
Step 3: Receive Portal Link
- Create login account
Step 4: Receive login acceptance and instructions
Step 5:
Review and Download information provided on WDI Portal (Information will NOT be provided onsite)
- Revisit as updates are made (You will be notified)
- Submit questions ahead of conference (Please note- all online questions/discussion should be public releasable).

Additional Information is forthcoming at this site and at the Marketplace website.  Check back often for details as they emerge in the coming weeks.


The Wright Dialogue With Industry, July 22-24, provides an opportunity for high-tech small businesses* to learn about the Air Force's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, including commercialization assistance for transitioning successful SBIR/STTR technologies into private and military sectors.

Information will also be provided on other small business assistance programs at the Air Force Research Laboratory. In addition, Air Force SBIR/STTR experts will be available at various times during the conference for pre-scheduled, one-on-one meetings. These 10-minute meetings will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis through the sign-up sheet at the Air Force SBIR/STTR booth.

For more information on Air Force SBIR/STTR solicitations, visit its website at

* All WDI attendees must have a valid DD 2345 certification form.

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