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NYC – Air Force Pitch Day

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In an effort to quickly bring technology and innovation into the Air Force to solve problems, the Air Force announced its upcoming New York City Pitch Day.  March 6 and March 7, 2019 are the days where $40 million will be made available to startups, academia, and small businesses who will pitch their proposal to Air Force leaders. Using the tagline “[c]ontracting at the speed of innovation,” the Air Force aims to provide fast contracts that are one page long.

Per the Air Force’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) website, Dr Will Roper, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics is quoted as sayingPitch Days are new fast tracks for startups to work with the Air Force. Modeled after commercial investment pitch competitions, our goal is to award $40 million to startups using one-day, one-page contracts. These awards use convenient credit card payments— we want partnering with the Air Force to be easy and energizing!

Companies have 30 days to submit their pitch deck and proposals which began on January 8, 2019 and ends on February 6, 2019.  After reviewing the proposal and pitch decks, some companies will receive an invite to attend the NYC Pitch Day. Development contracts for the initial phase could be up to $158,000 and notification to the selected companies will occur by February 15, 2019.

The Air Force added on their SBIR website, “[m]any mind-blowing ideas are being birthed in U.S. startup companies, but the Pentagon largely misses out on them. For our big bureaucracy, awarding a contract in months is a flash.“  For a video on the event, visit https://www.dvidshub.net/video/650930/air-force-pitch-day

Additionally, for more information on the New York City Pitch Day, visit the Air Force SBIR website.  The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler is the CEO and Lead Consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, supply, logistics, technology, and production. Carl is a technology enthusiast and a member of the Air Force Association and National Defense Industrial Association.


Disabled Veterans Granted Free Travel Access on Military Flights


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Carl Buhler

Retired service members, along with active duty and reserve troops, have long had the ability to travel free of cost among military installations through the Space-Available travel program. However, fully disabled veterans were not eligible for the program until August 2018, when lawmakers wrote a measure into the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act. The act also includes a 2.6 percent basic pay increase for active duty members.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Gus Bilirakis, who also serves as vice chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, in 2017. He noted that if military aircraft has space available for military service members, veterans who are fully disabled should be welcome, as well. Those eligible for the program can travel anywhere in the United States as well as to Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the US Virgin Islands.

The author, an alumnus of Valdosta State College, Brigadier General (retired) Carl Buhler (https://bit.ly/2AN3DVD) leverages over 28 years of aerospace logistics leadership experience with the United States Air Force and now serves as CEO of Richmond, Virginia-based Buhler Consulting, LLC (https://buhlerconsulting.com). Now retired from the Air Force, Carl Buhler maintains membership with multiple relevant professional organizations, including the Military Officers Association of America.

AFA’s StellarXplorers Inspires Students to Explore STEM Fields


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Carl Buhler

One of the missions of the Air Force Association (AFA) is to promote a dominant US Air Force. The AFA accomplishes this by educating the public on the need for aerospace power and advocating for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education.

Today’s students carry the future of tomorrow’s Air Force. To equip them with the skills they need to pursue STEM career paths and innovate for the future, AFA established StellarXplorers. This is a program that challenges high school students to competitively solve space system challenges involving aspects of spacecraft system development and operations. Students compete in teams of two to six supervised by a team director (teacher).

Teams are drawn from high schools, School Clubs, JROTC, Boy/Girl Scouts, and organized youth organizations. Participation is free up until the first qualifying round where a $200 registration fee is required. Teams receive an academic online curriculum and specific training kit for system simulation software. They also must solve a space design problem. Participants go through three qualification rounds before the semifinal and final rounds. To learn more, please visit http://www.stellarxplorers.org/.

The author, Virginia resident Carl Buhler is the CEO of Buhler Consulting, LLC (https://buhlerconsulting.com) and is a retired Brigadier General from the US Air Force. Carl Buhler is also a member of the AFA.