U.S. Air Force Innovation

This pavilion is sponsored by Doolittle, in partnership with its foundational stakeholder, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

About the Air Force Research Laboratory

AFRL is the Air Force's only organization wholly dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. We trace our roots to the vision of airpower pioneers who understood science as key to air supremacy. The passionate commitment of AFRL people to realize this vision has helped create the world’s best air, space and cyberspace force.

"We fight today's fight and envision and create the future Air Force."

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About Doolittle Institute

Established in 2012 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit named after Jimmy Doolittle and the famed Doolittle Raiders, Doolittle Institute is the cornerstone DEFENSEWERX Hub. In 2015, the Doolittle Institute expanded its customer base to include U.S. SOCOM with the establishment of SOFWERX. To appeal to a broader audience and as a “Corporate” entity operating multiple facilities through PIAs, the Doolittle Institute announced in an August 2017 rebranding campaign it would begin doing business as DEFENSEWERX. Around the same time, AFRL/RW chose to retain the name “Doolittle Institute” for the Northwest Florida DEFENSEWERX facility operated under the PIA between DEFENSEWERX and the Air Force Research Lab at Eglin AFB.

The Doolittle Institute is an AFRL Innovation Institute that supports the Air Force Research Labs Munitions Directorate by working to license and commercialize AFRL/RW technologies in the private sector through technology transfer, rapid technology delivery to the warfighter via technology transition, identify and foster new R&D partnerships through innovation and collaboration, and develop AFRL’s current and future workforce.

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About the Wright Brothers Institute

Located in Dayton, Ohio with its rich heritage of innovation and invention, Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) seeks to continue this heritage by stimulating unique and innovative technical solutions to national security and public safety needs. Working in partnership with its foundational stakeholder, the Air Force Research Laboratory, WBI operates as a neutral enabler and place for multidisciplinary joint (government, industry, and academia) teams to come together in intense collaborations focusing on complex problems or challenges. The outcome of these collaborations can range from a better and more complete understanding of a problem to the rapid development of actual prototypes. WBI leverages this work for its other foundational stakeholder, the Dayton Region, to stimulate and support the growth of technology companies, to foster technology transition and transfer to commercial endeavors, and to enhance science and math educational opportunities.

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