Encouraging Multi-modal Maneuver Excellence

Cross-Domain (xD) Challenges

Many existing tools and solutions are designed with oneperhaps two – domains in mind.  Getting more collaboration and cross-pollination between the domains can speed solution development and should increase the rate of innovation.

The purpose of the xD Challenges are to find solutions (and solution collaborators) to work on problems and operational capabilities that are, by definition, HARD(“Wicked Problems”).

Please find the invitation to Industry Partners below:

Industry Partners,

You are invited to participate in Cross Domain (xD) Challenges to be held October 20, 2018, Columbus GA as part of BotOberfest.

The purpose of the xD Challenges is to demonstrate innovative robotic solutions to Military, and with participant approval, traditional industry Subject Matter Experts, for cross domain “Wicked Problems”.

We want participants to show us their innovative ideas that work in one or multiple domains in front of a panel of Senior Army panelists that will provide you feedback on possible military applicability.

More detailed information about xD challenges, domains and the process of how to register is included in the attached PDF document: 

If you have any question after reviewing the attached document, please contact either POC listed in the document.


Johnny L. Baker
Capabilities Development Specialist (Air Systems)
TRADOC Project Office Robotic and Autonomous Systems (TPO MRAS)
Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate (CDID)
3rd Floor, Building 70 (cubicle 3020.014)
Work: 706.545.2451
SIPR: johnny.l.baker.civ@mail.smil.mil


xD Challenge Instructions


The purpose of the xD Challenge/demonstrations is for companies to demonstrate innovative robotic solutions to the military, and with participant approval, traditional industry Subject Matter Experts, for cross-domain “Wicked Problems”.

About the Domains

The five capability domains are: Cyber, Space, Air, Maritime, and Land.  We have taken the 6 basic DoD domains and constructed 3 combined categories for the Cross Domain Challenge that can be mixed to create complex scenarios easily:  Air and Space (Aerial systems, multi rotor, fixed wing, VTOL);  Land (Surface, complex terrain);  Maritime (Mud, Surface, and Subsurface).  We want to get more collaboration and cross-pollination between the domains to speed solution development and increase the rate of innovation.


At a minimum, we ask each company to submit a quad chart summarizing their technology.

Companies also have the opportunity to conduct a short 5-10 min presentation (indoors) and 30 min to demonstrate (outdoors) their technology on location in designated areas (see below).  Registration for Cross Domain Challenge will be held 20 October at Oxbow Meadows Environmental Center from 0900-1000.

Companies can send their presentation and or quad charts ahead of time (NLT18 Oct) to:

Please feel free to call either person if you have additional questions.

Logistics:  Transport / Setup / Packup

Participating companies are responsible for transporting, securing, setting up and breaking down their respective demonstration technology systems. Your demonstration time includes set-up and breakdown.  You may submit more than one quad chart and present more than one technology during the presentation for consideration.  The demonstration will be scheduled immediately after the presentation.  That said, we recommend you split actions (Demo and presentation) to maximize your allotted time.


The Cross-Domain Challenge Demonstrations will be conducted away from the public at the Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center across from the National Infantry Museum.

3535 South Lumpkin Road, Columbus, GA 31903

Here is a Google Map to the exact location.

You are free to conduct a walk-through/reconnaissance of the demonstration areas 19 October during the day during standard operating hours of Oxbow Meadows (10:00am to 4:00pm).

Assigned demonstration areas are shown in the aerial photo of Oxbow Meadows below.

The Cross-Domain (xD) Demonstration Venues at Oxbow Meadows.