Cohort Program

United We Create

New thinking. More collaboration. Better results. That’s the recipe for Army modernization, and we’re helping lead the way through our new Cohort Program — the first of its kind for the U.S. military and unlike any other program in the market.

About the Cohort Program

Cohorts are playing an increasing role in startup communities around the world. They offer a way for companies to improve their outcomes by tapping the learning and connections of an accelerator partner. In exchange, cohort members are usually asked to share a piece of their profit.

We decided to put a twist on that concept for the U.S. Army. Our Cohort Program is similar to an accelerator, similar to a hackathon, similar to traditional acquisitions, but none of those things by itself. It brings together a group of companies that don’t usually work with the DoD and focuses them on solving a specific Army problem. They work side by side with one another, with Soldiers, and with a community of Army experts and stakeholders on a shared learning journey to find the best solutions. In exchange, the Army provides them with faster access to non-dilutive capital and unmatched insight into our world.

How It Works

Every cohort through AAL is different, because every problem is unique. We work with Army clients to gain deeper insight into their problems and co-develop a tailored program with their goals in mind. But each cohort shares two things — a focus on working with the best solvers and a commitment to solutions that can transition and scale.

Fewer Limitations

Our cohorts aren’t focused on making one widget or bound by rigid requirements. We work on dissecting and solving complex operational problems for the Army.

More Collaboration

No one thrives in a vacuum. So we bring Army clients and cohort members together throughout the program to share insight and solve the problem as a team.

Less Risk

By including Army program managers throughout the design process, we deliver realistic solutions while reducing risks to cost, schedule, and performance.

Better Value

Rather than spending millions on one solution that may not work, we validate new ideas that can solve multiple problems and scale into other dual-use solutions.

OUR FIRST COHORT:

FIELD ARTILLERY AUTONOMOUS RESUPPLY (FAAR)

The commercial industry has driven incredible advancements with automation and robotics. Through our FAAR cohort, these six companies introduced similar innovation to the U.S. Army. In just 12 weeks, they co-designed and presented 14 new solution concepts to enhance the Army’s ammunition resupply process so we can support the desired rate of fire for Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA).

Actuate // New York

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Actuate developed an inventory management concept to replace Form 581 using computer vision scanning and AI model processing. This closed-loop system will help manage ammunition requests throughout the artillery resupply process.

Hivemapper // San Francisco

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Hivemapper developed concepts for their Object AI technology to generate near realtime, georegistered 3D maps with change detection. This low-bandwith mapping enables navigation autonomy of resupply vehicles in GPS-denied environments.

Apptronik // Austin

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Apptronik developed critical concepts for Class V material handling using multiple robotic arms on the outside of the current resupply vehicle, the gantry system, and our unmanned ground vehicles. These arms can lift two 97lb projectiles at once.

Neya Systems // Pittsburgh

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Neya Systems expanded the capability concepts for their perception, machine learning, navigation, and mission planning technologies for this problem set. These enhancements will enable autonomous resupply in a “tactical last-mile” off-road environment.

CR Tactical // Pittsburgh

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CR Tactical developed multiple concepts — including a de-palletizing gantry, a modified resupply vehicle, an on-board Ammo Vision System (AVS), and a Cannon Ammo Management System (CAMS) — that will allow the Army to integrate a variety of new capabilities.

Pratt Miller // Detroit

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Pratt Miller Defense developed concept modifications of their EMAV platform that they were previously developing with Army and Marine Corps customers. These platforms increase the daily lift capabilities for off-road transport of Class V resupply.

Actuate // New York

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Actuate developed an inventory management concept to replace Form 581 using computer vision scanning and AI model processing. This closed-loop system will help manage ammunition requests throughout the artillery resupply process.

Apptronik // Austin

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Apptronik developed critical concepts for Class V material handling using multiple robotic arms on the outside of the current resupply vehicle, the gantry system, and our unmanned ground vehicles. These arms can lift two 97lb projectiles at once.

CR Tactical // Pittsburgh

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CR Tactical developed multiple concepts — including a de-palletizing gantry, a modified resupply vehicle, an on-board Ammo Vision System (AVS), and a Cannon Ammo Management System (CAMS) — that will allow the Army to integrate a variety of new capabilities.

Hivemapper // San Francisco

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Hivemapper developed concepts for their Object AI technology to generate near realtime, georegistered 3D maps with change detection. This low-bandwith mapping enables navigation autonomy of resupply vehicles in GPS-denied environments.

Neya Systems // Pittsburgh

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Neya Systems expanded the capability concepts for their perception, machine learning, navigation, and mission planning technologies for this problem set. These enhancements will enable autonomous resupply in a “tactical last-mile” off-road environment.

Pratt Miller // Detroit

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Pratt Miller Defense developed concept modifications of their EMAV platform that they were previously developing with Army and Marine Corps customers. These platforms increase the daily lift capabilities for off-road transport of Class V resupply.

Go Behind the Scenes of the FAAR Cohort

12 weeks. 6 companies. 1 program. See our Cohort Program in action with this docuseries that goes behind the scenes of the FAAR Cohort as they work to solve one of the Army’s top priority problems.

Learn More

The Cohort Program is just one of the ways that we’re supporting Army modernization by challenging why and delivering what if. Whether you’re a small business interested in joining our next cohort or an Army leader interested in funding a new cohort, we’re ready to talk. Together, we can unite the best commercial tech and ideas to transform the Army.