HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Members of the defense industry came together to learn about the new Design, Development, Demonstration and Integration, or D3I, program on Feb. 23 at the Jackson Center in Research Park West.

Defense industry professionals learned about the new D3I program and how it will be utilized to conduct research for the development and procurement of hardware components and software solutions for space, high altitude, missile defense, information integration and data exploitation, as well as enhanced warfighter capabilities.

"This will allow us to do an integration of technologies and prototyping," said Debra G. Wymer, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Test and Warfighter Solutions Center director and acting director of the Technology Center.

"We currently don't have a contract vehicle that has a broad scope, and we usually have to go through a competition for every development we need to do," she added. "This will allow us to be able to more rapidly respond to customer requests for prototypes and capabilities and speed."

The program includes providing anticipated solutions to include design, development, demonstration and integration of future capabilities. These efforts follow an evolutionary development of systems focused on a "Concept to Combat" philosophy which begins from design phase and ends when the system is in the hands of the warfighter.

The D3I program will be used to implement programs including, but not limited to, Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations, Advanced Technology Demonstrations and the Missile Defense Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program.

D3I will not only support USASMDC/ARSTRAT and Redstone Arsenal, but all branches of the U.S. military, NASA, Department of Energy, allies and other government agencies in mission requirements related to space, high altitude, missile defense, ground systems, information integration and data exploitation, and enhanced warfighter capabilities.