Military researchers to brief industry on artificial intelligence (AI), sensors, and autonomy program

Oct. 19, 2022
The DARPA AIR initiative seeks to fill gaps in research on developing and deploying tactical autonomy capability in real-world military operations.

ARLINGTON, Va. – U.S. military researchers will brief industry next month on an upcoming project to develop new kinds of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine autonomy for battle management and sensor fusion.

Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., issued a special notice (DARPA-SN-23-06) on Monday for the Artificial Intelligence Reinforcements (AIR) project.

The DARPA AIR initiative seeks to fill gaps in research on developing and deploying tactical autonomy capability in real-world military operations. Industry briefings will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday 14 Nov. 2022 at Amentum’s Ballston Conference Center, 4121 Wilson Blvd., in Arlington, Va.

AIR will focus on previously avoided dimensions to enable tactical autonomy in integrated sensors, scalability to large engagements, adaptability to changing conditions, and the ability to learn predictive models that incorporate uncertain knowledge of adversary and self, as well as deceptive effects.

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AIR will pair existing, maturing, and emerging algorithmic approaches with expert human feedback to evolve the cooperative autonomous behaviors rapidly that solve previously avoided challenges.

AIR will address two technical areas: creating fast and accurate models that capture uncertainty and automatically improve with more data; and developing AI-driven algorithmic approaches to real-time distributed autonomous tactical execution within uncertain, dynamic, and complex operational environments.

The AIR program also will develop ways to design, test, and implement future iterations of AIR software.

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Briefings will be at Amentum’s Ballston Conference Center on the second floor of 4121 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, Va., on Monday 14 Nov. 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m.

Briefings will include information that is International Traffic in Arms (ITAR)-restricted, so attendance is limited to U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents representing U.S. companies. Briefings will be classified at the Collateral SECRET level and will require security clearances.

Those interested in attending should register online at Those seeking to attend should fax their security clearances and visit requests to Amentum at (571) 428-4358. Registration closes on 4 Nov. 2022.

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Those attending may meet individually with the Air program manager, Lt. Col. Ryan "Hal" Hefron, on Tuesday 15 Nov. 2022. Email DARPA-SN-2306@ to request an individual session.

One-on-one meetings will be at DARPA at 675 North Randolph St. in Arlington, Va., and will require security clearance. Fax clearance/visit requests to DARPA at (703) 528-3655 or send via encrypted e-mail to [email protected].

Email questions or concerns to Lt. Col. Ryan Hefron at [email protected]. More information is online at

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