Flightline Security

Help USAF secure the flightline and win the fight by improving security measures through automation and advanced data analytics.



The airfield, a vital component to any United States Air Force (USAF) base, is an area of land set aside for takeoff, landing, and aircraft maintenance. Maintaining airfield security is crucial to withholding a strategic offensive and defensive edge. However, aerial threats, including civilian and enemy drones, cause operational interferences and disruptions, lead to scheduling delays and contribute to excess use of Air Force resources. How can we better secure the flightline and help USAF airmen and maintainers stay ahead of the curve?

As one of three challenges focused on Revolutionizing USAF Flightline Operations, this challenge is seeking solutions from business, academia, industry, and government to improve flightline security measures for permanent and temporary bases. The challenge’s specific focus areas include eliminating Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and subsequent data leaks caused by unauthorized surveillance and leveraging automation to strengthen the airfield perimeter security and streamline manual processes. Another primary focus area is improving flightline access and control without inconveniencing authorized personnel and enhancing threat detection and management. The goal is to implement solutions that meet or exceed the challenge criteria within a 12-24 month period.

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!