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UPDATE - Due to the current DoD Covid posture, it is with great regret that we are announcing the delay of the Inaugural DAF M&S Summit until the first quarter of calendar year 2022 (new dates with registration will be posted soon).  We are striving to hold this conference as an in-person event to allow more effective and focused exchange on how to shape the M&S ecosphere to best meet the Joint and Allied Force requirements. Abstract submissions will remain open and we will be accepting those up to the new deadline, which will be posted soon. You may continue to submit abstracts via this portal. We will also continue building the tracks over the coming months and keep everyone updated on the speaker list.  The bright side of this is that we will have more time to make the summit even better for our attendees!  Please keep checking for updates and new developments!  We will also be sending out monthly updates as we approach the summit.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you in early 2022 here on the Emerald Coast!

For questions, please email

If you would like to be considered to present at the Summit, you must submit an abstract. You may choose up to two Line of Effort (LOE) session topics for which to have each abstract considered for presentation at the Summit. PLEASE INDICATE AT THE TOP OF YOUR ABSTRACT WHICH LOE SESSION TOPIC OR TOPICS (LIMIT 2) FOR WHICH YOU WOULD LIKE EACH ABSTRACT TO BE CONSIDERED. 

This is an in-person event brought to you by Doolittle Institute, the Innovation Institute for the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin AFB, FL. For questions regarding the Summit please email If you have a technical question regarding one of the 6 technical topics below, you may email the LOE Chair directly. For all other inquires, please contact

**Only U.S. Citizens and FVEY can attend this Summit. ** Full event details and registration can be found on the event website at 

DEADLINES: Updated Deadlines will be posted soon. 


Abstracts DUE - updated deadlines will be posted soon. 

Abstract Requirements –

· 250 word maximum

· Word Document

· 12 pt. font

· Single spaced

Unclassified Abstracts

Submit your UNCLASSIFIED abstracts here in this Submittable Portal. DO NOT submit Classified abstracts to this Submittable Portal. 

Classified Abstracts

Submit CLASSIFIED abstracts to this SIPR email -


LOE #1 - M&S Techniques/Analyses

Line of Effort (LOE) Chair – Lisa Fitzgerald, AFRL/RQS 

The M&S session includes ideas, research methods, and applications of M&S activities related to all parts of the F2T2EA kill chain and CoE. The central M&S environment for much of the CoE effort will be AFSIM, but the session will not be limited to AFSIM applications. Additionally, M&S must be viewed from the standpoint of the integration of current M&S and ancillary applications, as well as the ability to accept future M&S applications to “future proof” our ability to model CoE. The M&S track will be unique due to the addition of a daily discussion session in following paper presentations. The discussion session will be focused on how to integrate analytical M&S, training M&S, other relevant applications, and creating an architecture to allow for divesture from legacy applications and the capability to easily integrate emerging and future applications. Cutting edge analysis should be immediately flowed into training simulations, and C2 systems to compliment the speed of acquisition and increased effects to provide maximum lethality to the warfighters.

Some areas of interest in the M&S session are:

• DAILY DISCUSSION SESSION: MS&A integration across the Joint/Coalition ecosphere

• How cutting-edge AI and ML methods can synergize CoE M&S and vice versa

• Operational and tactical outcomes regarding CoE using mission and campaign level simulations

• Reduced order modeling,

• Distributed processing, LVC events for CoE

• Use of M&S to provide data to AFSIM mission or STORM campaign simulations for CoE

• Comparisons of M&S techniques for CoE

• Novel uses of M&S in CoE applications

• M&S tools: performance analysis, scalability

• M&S Government Reference Architecture

LOE #2 - Command & Control

Line of Effort (LOE) Chair - Lee Seversky, AFRL/RI

The ability to bring together multi-domain effects is a key tenet and driver of the joint all-domain operations DOD initiative. However, with Convergence of Effects comes new pressures and challenges for today’s Command & Control and Battle Management capabilities spanning the following functions to include but not limited to planning & dynamic replanning, multi-domain effects quantification, effects layering and synchronization, execution management and battle damage assessment. In addition, practical challenges include coordination & awareness of effects spanning multi-security levels, managing diverse effect planning & delivery timelines, quantification tools for effects packaging and assessment. This thrust seeks approaches that address these operational challenges through novel technical solutions with the focus on those approaches that directly advance or enhance C2 capabilities for planning, quantifying, and assessing multi-domain effects. This thrust is primarily focused on exploring convergence of effects and C2 at the operational and battle management levels, with a secondary focus on tactical/unit level C2. This thrust is not focused on new effect types, platforms, or delivery mechanisms, outside of their awareness to support C2 functions at the operational or battle management echelons.

LOE #3 - Human-Machine Teaming 

Line of Effort (LOE) Chair Kristen Liggett, AFMC 711 HPW/RH

Essential to Convergence of Effects are the development of a Joint All-Domain sensing grid, an advanced mesh network, and robust decision-making capabilities. With the need for artificial intelligence to process the vast amounts of data coming in via the sensing grid, effective human-machine teaming solutions will be necessary for swift decision-making. Also, as we move toward distributed operations to maintain capability in degraded and contested environments, human-machine teaming solutions will be necessary to support communication and collaboration among teams conducting planning and execution activities. This session is soliciting presentations that address human-machine teaming challenges and candidate technologies that can contribute to solutions. These include the following:

• Developing visualizations that incorporate non-physical domains (cyber, information, human) with physical domains (air, land, maritime, space) for accurate interpretation of the battlespace

• Understanding massively aggregated JAD information/data across the sensing grid

· Rapidly forming & operating as (multiple) distributed, heterogeneous teams

• Maintaining human as viable/valuable team member for key decision making

• Ensuring useful & usable system capabilities emerge from the agile/DevSecOps process

• Providing the “right” user experience to enhance acceptance and efficacy of M&S across the ecosphere

LOE #4 - Sensor Grid

Line of Effort (LOE) Chair - Nicholas Kovach, AFRL/RY

Our aim is to discuss a path forward into true sensor fusion. Without having a clear and reliable picture of the battlefield at the speed required for rapid decision making is the first step in creating the ability to truly converge of effects. Collection of state information across all domains can only be accomplished through an effective and adaptable sensor grid. This session will explore what is needed to create a realistic M&S environment that can be used to explore convergence under predictable and unpredictable conditions requiring the sensor grid to be adaptable to constantly changing conditions.

Please, submit topics that fit this topic. Below is a list of topic examples. If there is something that is pertinent to this topic that is not listed, please help us expand our scope by submitting an abstract that can help further our discussion.

• Sensor Fusion

• Exploitation of IoT

• Software-defined frameworks for the Sensing Grid

• Resilient Position, Navigation, and Timing

• New and emerging sensor technology

• Sensor Mesh

• AI/ML techniques for centralized, edge, and stream processing of sensor data

• Open Architecture applications

LOE #5 - Effectors

Line of Effort (LOE) Chair - Christine Sumpter, AFLCMC/EZW

The warfighter requires the capability to deliver a spectrum of lethal and nonlethal effects against a variety of growing threats, across the range of current and future operating environments. The ability to leverage combined effects to overmatch our adversaries is an important enabler for providing offensive and defensive capabilities. Effectors include conventional kinetic energy, cyber, electronic warfare, and directed energy weapons. Coordinated methods for leveraging combined effects offer graduated levels to meet commander’s intent, ranging from disruption to destruction and could offer a broader range for alternative courses of action than those traditionally available. This session is soliciting presentations that address leveraging operational and analytical capabilities across the spectrum of effectors and multiple domains within the M&S environment including KE/DE, Human Effects, Cyber and Electronic Warfare to create the capability to model all-domain kill-webs and enable technologies that will bring advantage to the warfighter through converged effects.

· Early cutting-edge results

· AI/ML Battle Managers

· Cyber effects modeling

· Thought-provoking ideas not in the conversation

· Data management of effectors while in-flight

LOE #6 - Digital Engineering for Convergence of Effects for M&S

Line of Effort (LOE) Chair - James Sumpter, AFRL/RW

Digital Engineering tools and methodologies provide the foundation for our MS&A capabilities to support the ABMS/JADC2 paradigm – highly connected bi-directional data flows from joint multi-domain assets to C2. Optimizing convergence of effects by leveraging the predictive capabilities of MS&A presupposes a connected System of Systems (SoS) analysis capability that doesn’t exist today. The digital, agile, open ecosystem will support and connect model-based engineering tools, data-lakes/warehouses/repositories and system reference architectures with synchronized information flows among represented battlespace nodes. Key topic areas we’d like to consider in this session include:

• Tech Stacks (infrastructure and tools) to support CoE analysis

• MBSE applied to CoE SoS Mission Engineering

• CoE data flow diagrams

• CoE reference architecture that is greater than the sum of its parts (independently developed Effects GRAs)

• Establish authoritative sources of data across effects

• SoS Digital Twins – System Twin working in concert

**Authors of Abstracts will be notified of invitation to present status by Line of Effort (LOE) Chairs ** (new notification date will be posted soon) 

Thanks to a generous grant from the Gulf Power Entrepreneurial Support Initiative, the Doolittle Institute is pleased to offer a limited number of awards not to exceed $5,000 each to Northwest Florida entrepreneurs/small businesses in the following target industries:

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Financial Services
  • Water Transportation
  • Cybersecurity
  • Manufacturing

To qualify for an award, your business must meet the following requirements:

  • For-profit business located in Northwest Florida*.
  • Provide products, services, or conduct R&D in one of the target industries listed above.
  • 200 or less permanent full-time employees.
  • Describe how your company benefits the region through new capabilities and/or job creation.

Grant award determination will be made after all requirements are fulfilled and reviewed. The opportunity will remain open until all grant funding is exhausted, and completing this application does not guarantee an applicant will receive funding. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received. 

* Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty, Franklin, or Wakulla County

The Doolittle Institute, on behalf of the U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), is looking for potential collaborators researching or have already completed research in Nature-Inspired Technology and Biotechnology to present their findings on Nature-Inspired and Biotechnology University Day on October 14, 2021.

Submissions are being accepted through September 30, 2021, and will be reviewed by the Air Force Research Lab Munitions Directorate’s Core Technical Competency leads. Submissions should be in Word doc or PDF format, include no more than 250 words, and one figure or image. References do not count towards the word limit.

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