Release Date
November 29th, 2023
Open Date
January 3rd, 2024
Due Date(s)
February 21st, 2024
Close Date
February 21st, 2024
Topic No.


Modernizing USSF BMT


Department of DefenseN/A


Type: SBIRPhase: BOTHYear: 2024


The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking proposals for the topic of "Modernizing USSF BMT" in their SBIR 24.1 BAA solicitation. The objective of this topic is to create a distinct Space Force Basic Military Training (BMT) program that integrates innovative technology and training strategies to improve training outcomes for Guardians. The technology within this topic is restricted under export control laws. The solicitation emphasizes the potential benefits of technology in military training environments, including cost-effectiveness, repetitive practice, personalized training, immediate feedback, remote training, tactical communication, data-driven analysis, cybersecurity training, equipment familiarization, risk mitigation, and scenario customization. These advantages contribute to better-prepared soldiers, improved operational capabilities, and increased mission success rates. The project will consist of three phases. Phase I will involve collaborating with the Space Force BMT team to identify requirements and outline the curriculum for a 7-week basic military training program. Phase II will refine and implement the curriculum generated in Phase I, with the goal of having the new Space Force curriculum ready for implementation. Phase III will focus on continued refinement and improvement to ensure the Space Force BMT program remains current. The solicitation is closed, and more information can be found on the website or the DOD SBIR/STTR Opportunities page.


OUSD (R&E) CRITICAL TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Human-Machine Interfaces


The technology within this topic is restricted under the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), 22 CFR Parts 120-130, which controls the export and import of defense-related material and services, including export of sensitive technical data, or the Export Administration Regulation (EAR), 15 CFR Parts 730-774, which controls dual use items. Offerors must disclose any proposed use of foreign nationals (FNs), their country(ies) of origin, the type of visa or work permit possessed, and the statement of work (SOW) tasks intended for accomplishment by the FN(s) in accordance with the Announcement. Offerors are advised foreign nationals proposed to perform on this topic may be restricted due to the technical data under US Export Control Laws.


OBJECTIVE: Technology has revolutionized military training environments in numerous ways, offering significant advantages and enhancing the overall effectiveness of training. This topic seeks to create a distinct Space Force Basic Military Training (BMT) program that integrates innovative technology and training strategies to drive improve training outcomes for Guardians.


DESCRIPTION: This topic seeks to develop a robust, distinctly Space Force basic military training program that leverages innovative technology to foster the development of critical skills, decision-making abilities, and muscle memory necessary for their roles.


Key aspects to be considered:

Cost-Effectiveness: Technology can significantly reduce training costs over time. Simulators, for instance, eliminate the need for live ammunition, fuel, and other expensive resources, making training more affordable and accessible.


Repetitive Practice: Technology permits soldiers to engage in repetitive practice without exhausting resources. This iterative learning approach enables trainees to refine their skills and improve performance over time.


Personalized Training: Different soldiers may have varying skill levels and learning styles. Technology allows for personalized training programs tailored to individual needs, ensuring that each soldier receives optimal instruction.


Immediate Feedback: Training technologies can provide instant feedback, offering insights into performance strengths and weaknesses. Trainees can learn from mistakes quickly and efficiently, improving their abilities in a shorter time.


Remote Training: With technology, soldiers can access training resources remotely, reducing the need to travel to specific locations. This is particularly beneficial for reservists or soldiers stationed in remote areas.


Tactical Communication: Advanced communication systems enhance coordination between units during training exercises. Efficient communication is essential in a military setting, and technology enables real-time information sharing and decision-making.


Data-Driven Analysis: Technology allows for the collection and analysis of vast amounts of training data. This data-driven approach helps identify trends, patterns, and areas for improvement, leading to more effective training methodologies.


Cybersecurity Training: As the importance of cybersecurity grows, technology facilitates realistic cybersecurity training, helping Guardians learn to defend against digital threats and safeguard sensitive information.


Equipment Familiarization: Guardians can use technology to familiarize themselves with complex military equipment before encountering them in real-life scenarios. This reduces the learning curve and enhances overall operational readiness.


Risk Mitigation: High-risk training exercises can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. By using technology, Guardians can undergo preliminary training in safe environments, reducing the likelihood of accidents and injuries.


Scenario Customization: Technology allows trainers to create various scenarios, adapting training to meet specific objectives or challenges. This flexibility ensures that Guardians are prepared for a wide range of potential situations they may encounter in the field.


In summary, technology in military training environments offers realism, cost-effectiveness, personalized learning, immediate feedback, enhanced communication, and the ability to analyze data. These advantages contribute to better-prepared soldiers, improved operational capabilities, and ultimately, increased mission success rates.


PHASE I: The Phase I will be a collaborative effort with the Space Force BMT team to identify requirements and outline the curriculum for a 7 week basic military training program.


PHASE II: During Phase II, the curriculum generated during Phase I will be further refined and implemented, with a goal of having this new distinct Space Force curriculum ready for implementation.


PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Phase III efforts will consist of continued refinement and improvement. As operations, culture, and weapons systems change over time, so will the Space Force BMT program. Phase III efforts will ensure the Space Force's BMT program is always current.



Current USSF BMT curriculum;


KEYWORDS: U.S. Space Force; USSF; BMT; Basic military training