ATSI personnel promoted several small businesses’ innovative Navy SBIR/STTR projects through Navy Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition (Navy FST) focused technology events at WEST 2022 and the Sea-Air-Space 2022 Exposition (S-A-S) and through the NAVAIR & NAVSEA Virtual FST Showcase. All events provided exposure of promising SBIR-developed technologies to Navy acquisition decision makers and primes to facilitate transition.
The Navy FST promotes mature technologies ready for transition from companies participating in the Navy STP based on their Navy or Marine Corps sponsored SBIR/STTR Phase II awards. The focused technology events are designed to engage the fleet, primes, and acquisition stakeholders by connecting small businesses with government and industry personnel through Tech Talks, Meet the Experts one-on-one meetings, and an enhanced online presence via the Virtual Transition Marketplace (VTM). The VTM is the Navy’s premier catalogue providing additional information on Navy technology topics for small businesses participating in the program.
Most participating companies record their Tech Talks, which can be found on the VTM at https://navyfst.com/vtm/.
The premier naval conference and exposition on the West Coast, WEST brings military and industry leaders together. Cosponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, WEST connects industry professionals who design and build platforms, equipment and weapons with the designers of communications and technical systems.
At WEST, Navy FST featured 25 small businesses with Navy Phase II funding presenting 29 technologies aiding warfighters in C4I, surveillance, and reconnaissance, including:
Three Department of the Navy (DoN) SBIR/STTR Transition Program (Navy STP) participants, Fuse Integration, Inc., JNI Armor and Vy Corporation, also presented on their transition success during a demo day event.
Virtual NAVAIR & NAVSEA FST Showcase
The Navy STP promoted several innovative Navy SBIR/STTR projects via the Virtual NAVAIR & NAVSEA FST Showcase in March in collaboration with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). Two separate events were originally scheduled to be held in person at NAVAIR and NAVSEA headquarters; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic they were unable to happen as scheduled.
NAVAIR provides material support for aircraft and airborne weapon systems for the U.S. Navy while NAVSEA’s primary objective is to engineer, build, buy, and maintain the U.S. Navy’s fleet of ships and its combat systems.
The Virtual NAVAIR & NAVSEA FST Showcase featured 57 small businesses with Navy Phase II funding presenting 63 technologies aiding warfighters in multiple tech categories, including:
While Navy STP was unable to bring these innovative companies face-to-face with potential partners and customers, the companies had a virtual platform to share how their Navy-funded developments can meet the current and emerging technology needs of warfighters.
The largest maritime expo in the United States, Sea-Air-Space brings the U.S. defense industry, private sector U.S. companies and key sea service military decision-makers together for three days of informative educational sessions, important policy discussions and an exhibit hall floor with over 300 vendors and an outdoor demo area at the docks. Produced by the Navy League of the United States, Sea-Air-Space attracts maritime leaders from sea services around the globe. For small businesses, it was a great opportunity to meet DoN S&T decision makers and acquisition personnel.
At Sea-Air-Space Navy FST had 44 small businesses with Navy Phase II funding present posters on 47 technologies aiding warfighters in multiple tech categories, including:
Four Navy STP participants, Boston Engineering, CFD Research, Intelligent Automation Inc.—a BlueHalo company, and Mira also presented on their transition success during a demo day event.
To learn more about the Navy SBIR/STTR Transition Program, visit https://navystp.com. For more information about the small businesses participating in the Navy STP and their innovative technologies, visit the Virtual Transition Marketplace at https://navyfst.com/vtm/. To stay informed about upcoming focused technology events, visit https://navyfst.com.
We would like to thank all the ATSI team members who are working hard to ensure the success of the program and to assist efforts to bring innovative technologies to the warfighter.