After effective technology and concept engagement through AFVentures and Spark, Prime works to rapidly drive affordable capability to the field. Additionally, successful fielding is essential to build trust in this AFWERX approach among Airmen as well as industry, investors, interagency, and international stakeholders.
Periodically, diverse partnership engagement will help identify key technology sectors that if “primed” by AFWERX engagement, could advance national security and prosperity. Additionally, to field these Prime programs in an affordable and timely manner, AFWERX will engage in rapid transition process improvements. These improvements will establish a core transition competency that will also help rapidly field smaller “sub-prime programs.”
This will require unprecedented partnerships between our military and commercial sectors to level the playing field and keep markets emerging in the U.S. In addition to funding, Prime programs will leverage other unique Department resources—like test infrastructure, certification authorities, interagency relationships, and early operational use cases—bringing the Air and Space Force’s full value proposition to bear.
Agility Prime, the Air Force electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) program, is a giant leap forward in military thinking on new competitive markets, but Agility Prime cannot be the last Prime program if we’re to compete long-term. Space debris remediation, autonomous systems advancement, quieter supersonic travel, secure microelectronics, advanced energy solutions, and other frontier industries are some that are poised to be next.