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Influence the future of Artificial Intelligence.

Build. Connect. Integrate.

Leverage the DoD’s first and only AI-focused acquisition platform, built to simplify and accelerate AI adoption for our Warfighters and their contracting teams.

Our adversaries won’t wait for us to fill out paperwork.


The problem is, with so many siloed military programs, it’s hard to know what’s desirable, relevant and where to stay engaged when it comes to trends and transitioning artificial intelligence.


Wouldn’t it be easier if you had direct access to…


Cutting Edge AI Companies

DoD Decision Makers with Funding

Comprehensive Warfighter Needs

Timely Relevant Contracting Advice

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At Tradewind, we connect you to AI’s top leaders.

Tradewind brings together a diverse and growing community of AI innovators across multiple sectors.

We’re the only AI-focused contracting team assisting the DoD, bridging innovative Artificial Intelligence companies with military decision makers to address warfighter needs.

Stop wasting hours on paperwork that goes nowhere fast. 

Tradewind replaces the DoD’s current cumbersome acquisition model, making the process more collaborative, research-based and effective.  From AI conception to implementation, Tradewind is changing the culture of AI adoption and how success is measured within the DoD.


Tradewind offers direct access to JAIC subject matter experts and a broad network of small business, academic, research and traditional AI solutions providers.


Tradewind rapidly awards prototype contracts in 30-60 days while enabling the DoD to quickly, repeatedly and ethically deploy and operationalize critical AI technologies.


Tradewind provides a unique decentralized, automated process for innovative acquisition, including tools, processes and guidance for executing AI-unique contracting.

We understand how it feels to be stuck waiting on contracts.  

Tradewind knows the importance of getting funding quickly into the hands of our nation’s top AI innovators so they can create and deploy new solutions.  As the only AI-focused contracting mechanism in the Department of Defense, we’re qualified to expedite relevant funding opportunities and improve access to the technology, companies, and DoD decision makers you need to make rapid progress.

US National Security Depends on AI

Artificial intelligence is rapidly transforming the character and business of warfare.  If the U.S. Military is to remain the most technologically advanced in the world, we need to simplify and accelerate the AI adoption process across the DoD.  Tradewind was built to answer this urgent call and is essential to increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of our operations while helping strengthen our military and our Warfighters.

How It Works

We make it easy to get involved in Tradewind’s AI-enabled ecosystem.  Whether you’re in private industry, academia or government, Tradewind is where you go to get informed, get answers and collaborate on all things AI.


Take action on projects that matter to you.  Identify partners who’ll fill your capability gaps.


Meet the right thought leaders who can help you demolish obstacles and integrate future AI.


Serve as a credible AI influencer, helping to transition a small piece into a bigger picture.

The Tradewind ecosystem is critical to ensuring that the US Military has access to the AI capabilities it needs. Tradewind takes the most effective elements of the current DoD acquisition methodology and builds upon them.  By identifying the most advanced, bleeding-edge AI technologies from a spectrum of organizations and academic institutions — many of whom may never have participated with a government entity — Tradewind fosters inclusion and innovation and is the ideal vehicle for rapid and effective AI acquisition.

What’s your relationship with the DoD’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC)?

JAIC was created in 2018 to accelerate AI adoption across the Department of Defense. As a part of its analysis, the JAIC reviewed and utilized multiple acquisition strategies and pathways in the pursuit of delivering world-class AI capabilities to the Warfighter while leveraging the expertise of its industry and academic partners.

Tradewind is an acquisition business model, developed by JAIC, that will allow the Department of Defense (DoD) to acquire and procure the best AI solutions in a more efficient and effective manner. Tradewind will provide a collaborative environment for participants – including companies large and small, academia and others in response to direct requirements from the DoD relative to AI priorities.

As seen at the UCF Regional Kickoff

Tradewind Ecosystem Overview

Our Promise To You & Our Nation

Tradewind is committed to the Ethical Procurement and Deployment of artificial intelligence.  We promise to include highly relevant AI thought leaders in conversations and future opportunities to build the nation’s best-in-class AI contracting mechanism for our military.  We’re different than a typical consortium because we don’t just limit funding opportunities to a limited membership base; we constantly seek to include participants from any organization capable of delivering viable AI solutions.

Responsible AI

While AI often means new challenges and ethical ambiguities, Tradewind’s foundation is rooted within the DoD’s Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence. Our commitment to safety, trust and transparency apply to both combat and non-combat functions of AI.

Radical Inclusion

If you’ve got a CAGE code and are eligible to do business with the DoD, we want to ensure you have a seat at the table when we devise new contracting mechanisms and offer up new AI funding opportunities.  Let’s invite your friends, too, to strengthen Tradewind.

Become a Tradewind Member


  • Access to DoD-related AI funding opportunities
  • Faster deployment of funding to improve cash flow
  • Exclusive networking sessions and training activities


  • Tech scouting tools to identify relevant AI solutions providers
  • Knowledge resources to identify and adopt peer best practices
  • Reusable templates for rapid contracting and funds management


  • Access to exclusive DoD-related AI funding opportunities
  • In-depth document repository of relevant AI research papers
  • Exclusive networking sessions and partnership pairing activities

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