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Prime

Prime aims to accelerate and “prime” emerging commercial markets and bring military interests that accelerate nascent technologies within the commercial market, benefiting commercial industrial base and military capability.

In addition to funding, Prime leverages other unique Department resources, like test infrastructure, certification authorities, interagency relationships, and early operational use cases, bringing the Department of the Air Force’s full value proposition to bear by becoming an early adopter to de-risk emerging markets.

Our Mission: Expand technology transition paths to accelerate emerging technology markets by leveraging government resources for rapid and affordable fielding, attracting and optimizing external funding and talent.

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  • Prime Programs

    Accelerates development of key dual-use technology sectors that advance U.S. national security and competitiveness, fielding rapid and affordable capability within a 2-4 year timeframe. Prime programs collaborate across academia, industry, investors, interagency, international, acquisition, laboratory, and warfighter communities.

  • Prime Initiatives

    Provide focus for specific technology areas at a smaller scale than designated Prime programs. Initiatives provide emphasis, acceleration, and fielding in selected emerging technology areas. Initiatives may directly support Department of the Air Force acquisition program requirements by utilizing AFWERX portfolio companies.

  • Spark Transitions

    Facilitates collaborations with the AFWERX Spark Division by supporting acquisitions integration through development, program management, and fielding opportunities for specific Department of the Air Force Spark Tank submissions.

Current Prime Programs

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