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An Air Force Research Laboratory Innovation Institute

DOOLITTLE INSTITUTE







Who We Are

Named after aviation pioneer and Medal of Honor Recipient General James “Jimmy” Doolittle.  General Doolittle, and his famous Doolittle Raiders led one of the most daring operations of World War II striking the heart of Japan with B-25 Bombers and demonstrating the realm of possibility. New threats require new solutions and the Doolittle Institute works tirelessly to support the Air Force Research Labs Munitions Directorate to ensure that we continue the legacy of Jimmy Doolittle. We license and commercialize AFRL/RW technologies in the private sector through technology transfer, enable rapid technology delivery to the warfighter via technology transition, identify and foster new R&D partnerships through innovation and collaboration, and develop today’s students into tomorrow’s STEM workforce.

What We Do

The Doolittle Institute, an AFRL Innovation Institute, supports the Air Force Research Labs Munitions Directorate by working to license and commercialize AFRL/RW technologies in the private sector through technology transfer, enable rapid technology delivery to the warfighter via technology transition, identify and foster new R&D partnerships through innovation and collaboration, and develop today’s students into tomorrow’s STEM workforce.

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Strategic Objectives

Current Initiatives

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The Defensewerx Family
The Doolittle Institute is part of a nationwide family of Defensewerx Innovation Hubs, including locations serving U.S. SOCOM, Army Cyber, and the Naval Postgraduate School. To see the full network of innovations hubs, please visit our parent organization and headquarters.
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Tech Sprints
The Innovation and Collaboration team fosters an innovative culture at AFRL/RW and increases employee engagement by spearheading collaborative activities, facilitating technology development and design events, and offering inspirational training, workshops, and enrichment initiatives.
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Innovation Discovery Events
An Innovation Discovery Event (IDE) is a tool to help the AFRL/RW researcher identify new inventions and promising commercial applications for those inventions.
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Grand Challenge: Metal Additive Manufacturing
Are you a manufacturer with systems in place for large-format metal additive manufacturing (MAM)? Your technologies could provide many potential advantages over conventional manufacturing techniques, like on-demand production capabilities, part consolidation opportunities, alternate/agile manufacturing sources, small lot size production, and performance-enhancing geometric customization.

License a technology or partner with the AFRL Munitions Directorate.

Learn how companies, universities and individuals can collaborate with the Air Force Research Labs to research, commercialize and transition technologies.

Take a look at what’s happening at the Doolittle Institute.

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