WBI Attends 2020 AFA Air Warfare Symposium

09.03.20 07:26 PM By Jennie Hempstead

WBI at AFA 2020
Air Force Assistant Secretary to the Air Force, Dr. Will Roper, delivered an inspiring talk on disruption and acquisition at AFA 2020.

The Air Force Association's annual Air Warfare Symposium is a highly-attended event with speakers that range from the Secretary of the Air Force to the Air Force Chief of Staff. It connects the highest leadership in the Air Force to the state-of-the-art products produced by prime contractors and the innovative ideas of Airmen around the globe.

AFRL sends a corporate booth each year in order to educate and promote exciting technologies. The directorates were pleased to see they had supporters in attendance from WBI. Attendance helped solidify the relationship and discuss potential collaborations in the future.

Attending the event helped WBI promote the relationship between AFRL and WBI, and find new partners and advocates across the Air Force. Understanding the key motivators for senior leadership will help form programming that will ensure a bigger impact on the Air Force at large.

WBI was able to make connections to speakers such as Lt Gen (Ret) David A. Deptula, Dean of the Mitchell Institute, that may be critical connections for research collaboration, as Joint Multidomain Operations become increasingly critical for the new US Space Force. Additionally, software companies such as AGI, which develops mission-level software for engineers, operators, and analysts working on complex land, sea, air, and space systems, was introduced to our Software Experimentation Environment (SEE) as a way to demonstrate how WBI can introduce new software to researchers with no risk to Air Force systems.