Annual Report

Annual Report for FY 2022 Extramural Acquisition Innovation and Research Activities

October 2022

This report reflects on a growth year for AIRC after it was established in September 2020. Initial research projects and investments have matured and produced a large number of practical pilot ideas for tackling some of the DoD’s most enduring organizational challenges for improving acquisition outcomes. AIRC’s 32 initiatives to date involve a broad range of functions across acquisition as well as key inputs such as requirements and budgets (through the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution [PPBE] system).

The sponsor base over the first two years has grown to include 13 DoD entities. This reflects strong strategic engagement from entities across the Fourth Estate—organizations in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Joint Staff, and the Defense Agencies. AIRC is also working to strengthen its support from the Military Services to initiate important research tasks on key challenges.

In FY 2022, AIRC initiatives have produced thought-provoking and actionable results and outputs that hold potential for major improvements, such as:

  • New requirements approval processes that might cut requirement approval time in half.
  • Data strategy and tools that could improve decision making by more efficiently leveraging extramural analytic capabilities (while retaining needed security for sensitive data).
  • Pilots and activities to focus technological innovation and application on warfighting outcomes and priorities.