5. Advanced Concepts and Technology II (ACT II) Program
The ACT II program was initiated in 1994 to give industry direct access into the battle labs to streamline materiel acquisition and help provide warfighters overmatch capabilities. ACT II competitively funds industry to demonstrate their advanced technologies, prototypes, and non-developmental items having the greatest potential to fulfill warfighting requirements. Demonstrations are conducted for the battle labs in 12 months or less.
The battle labs develop topics to be solicited via a BAA based on the results of the S&T and STO review processes. These reviews identified gaps and shortfalls in the S&T efforts. Those FOCs lacking Army S&T work efforts which can potentially be addressed by industry are selected for funding.