AFWERX Vegas to Engage Warfighters at WEPTAC 2019

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command, presents a keynote speech during the 2018 Combat Air Force Weapons and Tactics Conference (CAF WEPTAC) at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. WEPTAC is an annual two-week conference to bring together warfighters from Combat Air Forces to discuss current issues, to look at future issues and to provide solutions for joint and coalition air forces. PHOTO U.S. Air Force’s Lawrence Crespo

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command, presents a keynote speech during the 2018 Combat Air Force Weapons and Tactics Conference (CAF WEPTAC) at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. WEPTAC is an annual two-week conference to bring together warfighters from Combat Air Forces to discuss current issues, to look at future issues and to provide solutions for joint and coalition air forces. PHOTO U.S. Air Force’s Lawrence Crespo

Directors and team members of the AFWERX Vegas Innovation Hub—a dedicated, flexible intellectual activity that regularly brings together business, military, and technology experts to find real-world solutions and new product applications—look forward to mixing it up with their fellow innovators at the 2019 Combat Air Force Weapons and Tactics Conference (CAF WEPTAC), to be held Jan. 7 to 18, 2019 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

On the evening of Mon., Jan. 14, 2019, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force’s 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing in partnership with AFWERX Vegas, a special “Targeting, Technology & Analysis” (T2A) discussion and demonstration event will be conducted at the AFWERX Vegas Innovation Hub. The center regularly serves as a flexible workshop and ideation space for visiting warfighters, academics, and designers.

Interested parties can register for the T2A event here at this link. Private-sector participants are scheduled to include:

The annual WEPTAC event offers various opportunities to bring together private- and public-sector innovators in discussion and dialogue. One upcoming highlight: A Jan. 14,, 2018 “Targeting, Technology, and Analysis” (T2A) event sponsored by the U.S. Air Force’s 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing in partnership with AFWERX Vegas. PHOTO: AFWERX

The annual WEPTAC event offers various opportunities to bring together private- and public-sector innovators in discussion and dialogue. One upcoming highlight: A Jan. 14,, 2018 “Targeting, Technology, and Analysis” (T2A) event sponsored by the U.S. Air Force’s 363rd Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing in partnership with AFWERX Vegas. PHOTO: AFWERX

  • Sitcscape, a Common Operating Picture (COP) solutions provider

  • Immersive Wisdom and Entegra Systems, providers of a real-time collaborative environments featuring Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality, and Augmented Reality (AR) interfaces.

  • Modus Operandi, providers of semantic/graph/cognitive computing technology solutions and defense sector software systems development

  • uReveal, providers of real-time data integration solutions

  • Applied Research Associates (ARA), providers of research and engineering solutions in the physical sciences

Conducted by the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command's Directorate of Operations, in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, the annual 2-week-long WEPTAC event provides Air Force tactical experts opportunities to explore current challenges, to network with peers, and finally to brief fellow leaders and colleagues on potential solutions. The event is typically open to Department of Defense ID holders only. While primarily attended by Air Force personnel, continued emphasis on joint and combined operations has reportedly attracted increasing numbers of participants from other U.S. service branches, as well as warfighters from other countries.

Through keynotes and other presentations, senior Air Force leaders provide the gathered community with operational and strategic insights, along with a decision-making audience for workgroup outputs.

A 2-day independent industry trade show runs concurrently during the second week of the event, Jan. 16-17, 2019 at the Nellis Officers Club. Regardless of the sizes of their businesses, participating commercial representatives gain a unique opportunity to engage potential users of their products in candid information exchange. According to organizers, technologies of interest to attendees includes, but is not limited to:

  • Mission planning, briefing, and/debriefing solutions

  • Airborne lasers

  • Avionics

  • Aviation engines

  • Data link solutions

  • Ejection seats

  • Electronic attack systems

  • Helmet cueing solutions

  • Inertial navigation systems

  • Missile systems

  • Night-vision systems

  • Survival gear and personnel equipment

  • Weapons suspension and release solutions

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The AFWERX Vegas Innovation Hub was started in 2017 and is funded by the U.S. Air Force to support outreach to the business and academic communities. The location is one of three AFWERX such centers—the others are in Austin, Texas and the District of Columbia. Each serves as a nexus for generating and hosting activities—whether on-site, online, or on-base—focused on delivering design solutions to problems faster, more effectively, and more efficiently than in the past.

For more information on AFWERX, visit: www.afwerxdc.org.

As envisioned by U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson in 2017, AFWERX is intended to solve some of the toughest challenges that the Air Force faces, through innovation and collaboration amongst our nation’s top subject-matter experts. The world is changing quickly—new technologies, new threats, and new opportunities. AFWERX taps into the power of creativity and empowers intentional innovation that unleashes emergent approaches for the warfighter through a community of intrapreneurs, industry, academia, and non-traditional contributors. AFWERX has the ability "to bring together our nation’s best and brightest to collaborate, innovate, fabricate, and present accelerated results to the United States Air Force to better serve our No. 1 customer: the warfighter and operators in the Air Force."