Reimagining Energy for the DoD

Help the Department of Defense improve energy security and sustainability, reduce energy dependence, remain adaptable to climate change impacts, and reduce energy demand.



AFWIC, the Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability, was created by top generals to look across the Air and Space Force’s entire portfolio to find solutions to its most complex problems. A key challenge for the United States Air Force (USAF), and the Department of Defense (DoD), is energy. Currently, the DoD is the largest consumer of energy globally, both operationally - training, moving, and sustaining the armed forces - and powering, heating, and cooling its installations. Energy is critical to all aspects of the United States’ military combat capability. By reducing demand and reliance on petroleum, the force would improve energy security and sustainability, remaining adaptable to the impacts of climate change.  


This challenge aims to create a new energy infrastructure/enterprise that will decrease the military’s reliance on petroleum and eliminate operational, strategic, and financial risks. By exploring different energy solutions currently in development or in use across commercial applications, we hope to address inefficiencies in the current energy infrastructure/enterprise. With the near future and long-term wellbeing of the Air and Space Forces and the environment in mind, the United States DoD and its allies are looking to industry and academia for innovative solutions to this energy-focused challenge.

The Reimagining Energy for the DoD Challenge is focused on seven individual challenge topics, with evaluation teams selected for each distinct topic. We are seeking submissions that are tailored to the specific topic area. The challenge topics are:

  • Fixed and Mobile Energy Generation
  • Energy Transmission and Distribution
  • Fixed and Mobile Energy Storage
  • New Warfighting and Operational Equipment 
  • Data Availability for Improved Planning and Decision Making
  • Energy Culture, Policy, and Education 

Click here to learn more about the individual challenge topics and find the best fit for you!

What's in it for you?

USAF and AFWERX possess innovation funding to designate towards exploring viable solutions and partnerships to further strengthen the Air Force. USAF has prototype funding available for individuals or companies who propose solutions to this specific challenge. Expert evaluators will carefully examine compelling challenge solutions presented within this crowdsourcing platform. The best solutions could lead to additional prototyping, R&D, and production contracts granted after the initial award. Your participation could lead to official recognition for you or your company and the chance to work alongside the Air Force and other DoD agencies to see your concept mature into impactful real-life implementation!