More than 190 commercial companies participated in an industry engagement day hosted by the Department of Defense to discuss the vision and technical priorities of the Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve initiative.
Attendees of the event held at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory gained first-hand knowledge of how the RDER enables prototyping and experimentation to support joint combat concepts, the Pentagon said Monday. .
“RDER is part of a Defense-wide effort to engage our innovative industry partners to rapidly develop and field the capabilities needed to create lasting advantage and support campaigns and joint warfare,” said Bruce Juselis, Division Manager for RDER Technical Membership. and developing proposals.
The Industry Engagement Day included several classified briefings on the RDER program, proposal criteria and technology capability requirements.
The RDER program is a multi-year campaign that seeks input from services and combatant commands to address capability gaps in joint warfare.
In November, Heidi Shyu, undersecretary for research and engineering at the Department of Defense and winner of the 2022 Wash100 award, said her office had selected 32 funding ideas that could address identified wartime challenges.