The US Department of Defense officially launched the new Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) last week at the Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando. TReX will engage industry, academia and other subject matter experts to expedite development, demonstration, and delivery of cutting edge technology capabilities in support of modeling, simulation and training needs of the U.S. Department of Defense.
TReX is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Orlando, the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI), and the National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL). TReX provides the US military with a means to rapidly identify, vet, prototype and deliver cutting edge technologies across the defense and non-defense modeling and simulation sectors.
"TReX provides the Government a streamlined platform to identify and refine technologies critical to training and readiness" said Brigadier General William Cole, Program Executive Officer at PEO STRI. "TReX will enable us to quickly get prototypes into the hands of Soldiers for user feedback. This will better inform future materiel requirements, reduce development risk and expedite procurement of crucial technologies."
TReX utilizes a rapid contracting vehicle known as an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) to enable rapid contracting, prototyping and delivery of proven technology solutions. The OTA provides the Accelerator with a key capability to help the U.S. Department of Defense operate in a manner and timeframe more conducive to producing rapid innovation and engaging industry broadly.
"Innovation in the military can only move as quickly as our contracting processes will allow," said ACC-Orlando Executive Director and Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting, Joseph A. Giunta, Jr. "ACC-Orlando is excited to execute use of this contracting tool to ensure that technology is developed and delivered more efficiently to the Warfighter."
TReX will be managed by NSTXL as a part of a broad-reaching network of top innovators and subject matter experts. NSTXL brings a first-of-its-kind innovation platform that supports technology development across the entire lifecycle of innovation from ideation to technology prospecting through prototyping and delivery to the Warfighter. As a part of the NSTXL platform, TReX will encompass a dynamic community of innovators across the innovation ecosystem with members including industry, academia, laboratories, investors and associations.
"NSTXL represents a new approach to technology discovery, development and delivery for the U.S. Department of Defense," said NSTXL Founder and CEO Tim Greeff. "Our dynamic innovation platform immediately provides TReX with the broad capabilities necessary to deliver technology to the Warfighter at the speed of mission,"
For more information about TReX, please visit: www.trainingaccelerator.org.