Annual Report

Annual Report for FY 2021 Extramural Acquisition Innovation and Research Activities

September, 2021

The FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) mandated in section 2361(a) of title 10 U.S. Code, the establishment of an extramural acquisition innovation research activity in academia. In response and on behalf of the Secretary of Defense, the Under Secretary of Defense (USD) for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S))—with active support and involvement from the USD for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E))—created the Acquisition Innovation Research Center (AIRC) as part of the Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC), a Department of Defense (DoD) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC).

Initiated on September 30, 2020, AIRC involves 20 extramural U.S. universities in the SERC network plus collaboration with two military universities to provide innovative academic research, analysis, experiments, prototypes, and demonstrations on enduring challenges in defense acquisition policies, practices, education, and training.

The statutory activities of AIRC are:

  • research to improve acquisition policies and practices;
  • prototypes and demonstrations of new acquisition practices;
  • data repositories and analytical capabilities; executive education;
  • and ongoing reviews of the implementation of recommendations on acquisition policies and practices (see section 2361a(d) of title 10 U.S.C. for details).