APFIT- What is it? And What Do You Need to Know About it?
Accelerate the Procurement and Fielding of Innovative Technologies (APFIT) was first addressed in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2022, in Subtitle D: Provisions Relating to Software and Technology and Section 834.
The program is intended to be a resource to help innovative technologies pass over the infamous valley of death. It is similar to TACFI/STRAFTI; however, where TACFI/STRATFI is limited to the USAF, APFIT is open DoD wide.
APFIT is an OSD (Office of Secretary of Defense) level program. Its rollout happened quickly in the summer of 2022, but the quick timeline led to a lot of confusion and sloppy efforts. Still, Congress in the first year of its running.
USD R&E Heidi Shyu was involved in selecting the winners, some of which included a technology for doubling the field of view of night-vision goggles, a new sensor for detecting underwater mines, and a low-cost actuation system for munitions to hit moving targets.