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 or Army SBIR CATALYST; however, where TACFI STRATFI & CATALYST are all SBIR programs with R&D funding, APFIT is Procurement funding.
APFIT is an OSD (Office of Secretary of Defense) level program. Its rollout happened quickly in the summer of 2022.
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.