Agile Combat Employment (ACE) Assessment Event

Event Took place: January 1, 2022

ACE Assessment Event (LinkedIn Post)

Event Synopsis

The United States military is shifting the way it trains and fights using ACE—a reactive or proactive scheme of maneuver used to complicate the adversary’s decision-making process via adaptive basing. Therefore, the team must be able to “pick up and leave” at a moment’s notice. ACE relies on the efficient use of aircraft cargo loading equipment and capacity. Ongoing problems exist with the size and sustainability of current MHE.

Existing MHE has a large footprint (i.e., takes up too much room on transport aircraft) and is hard to sustain (i.e., fuel, power, spare parts, etc.). Without this proper type of MHE, there is no ability to on/off-load necessary cargo (in up to 10,000 lbs per pallet) at adaptive bases.

The desired outcome produces MHE ideas and/or prototypes with: 1) a small logistical footprint, 2) is effective in moving cargo, and 3) is easily sustainable (i.e., powered by and powers available equipment—aka. multi-use) which enables greater agility, efficiency, and effectiveness of the ACE concept. 

Event Outcomes

Phase 1 – [31 March – 29 April 2022] Submissions Closed: Interested respondents who could potentially provide solutions that meet the needs of Air University (AUiX) are encouraged to submit their solutions for review. To submit your technology for potential Phase 3 attendance, please follow the submission instructions that are near the bottom of this webpage. 

Phase 1A [11 April 2022] Q&A Telecon: Interested submitters may participate in a virtual Q&A session to better understand the intent of the event by Air University (AUiX). The telecon will take place on 11 April from 1:00 – 2:00 PM CT. .

Phase 2 – [30 April – 06 May 2022] Government Review & Downselect: Air University (AUiX) will downselect submissions to technologies that they deem to have the highest potential to satisfy their technology needs. Favorably evaluated submissions will receive an invitation to attend the AE on or about 09 May 2022.

Phase 3 – [09 & 13 May 2022] Assessment Event (AE): During the Virtual Assessment Event, selected participants will be allotted a one-on-one session to discuss their proposed technology and system’s capabilities to the Air University (AUiX) evaluation panel, followed by a Q&A session. Briefing instructions will be outlined in the event invitation. Discussions may continue outside of the event to determine who (if anyone) proceeds to Phase 4 follow-on efforts.

Phase 4 – Path Forward: Successfully negotiated awards may fall under any combination of these categories: 

  • Other Transaction Agreements under 10 U.S. Code, Section 2371 or 2371b* (prototyping/production follow-on)
  • Procurement contract for experimental purposes 10 U. S. Code, Section 2373
  • Business to business research and development agreement as a sub-award (15 U.S. Code, Section 3715)
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (15 U.S. Code, Section 3710a)
  • *An award under 10 U. S. Code, Section 2371b may result in the further award of a follow-on production agreement without additional competition based on successful prototype completion. The Government may make this follow-on production award even if all successful prototype criteria are not fully met during the prototype project.
  • Note: Final selections will be made on 27 May 2022