Consortium Leadership

Consortium Leadership


The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) was formed in 1997 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a scientific research organization operated by the United States Air Force. AFRL controls the entire Air Force science and technology research budget and conducts numerous experiments and technical demonstrations that have led to technologies that have changed the lives of Americans.

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The SPG Institute (SPGI), is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization located in Dayton, Ohio.  SPGI was selected through a competitive process, by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Airman Systems Directorate, to develop, administer and promote a new consortium called the Autonomy Research Collaboration Network (ARCNet).

SPGI supports the AFRL and DoD-wide desire to have strong, consistent collaboration with large and small businesses and academia in both the traditional or non-traditional sector. This diversity is essential to quickly develop and move battle-ready needed technology to the warfighter. What makes SPGI revolutionary is our Transformative Corporate Formation (TCF) model that provides a proven method of quickly developing and moving technologies to the marketplace utilizing a commercialization process.  Utilizing the TCF model to establish and mature small businesses also helps SPGI boost the economy in the Dayton, OH region.

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Founded by Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ, namesakes of the Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University, the Russ Research Center is a 60-acre high-tech research park in Dayton, Ohio, that is home to some of the area’s leading defense, engineering, and technology firms. The campus grew out of the­­ Russes’­ own company, Systems Research Laboratory (SRL), which they established on the Russ Research Center site in 1955.

After pouring the footers for the building’s foundation themselves, they developed SRL into one of the nation’s leading electronic and automation corporations. The Russes established a legacy of entrepreneurial and technological excellence, and our business campus holds true to that legacy, hosting tenants in a range of industries from aerospace to life sciences.

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