BRF Defense

BRF is building a regional defense industry cluster in North Louisiana to promote innovation and solve U.S. Air Force challenges while enhancing the economic vitality of the region and state.

 

BRF’s Defense Mission

Since 2020, BRF has worked with the Louisiana congressional delegation to direct federal funding to Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) for initiatives that solve key technology challenges.

AFGSC’s new division, Commercial Capabilities Integration and Transition, works with the Small Business Consulting Corporation, BRF and BRF’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program to facilitate the scouting and integration of modern technologies for the betterment of AFGSC and greater Louisiana.

What we have done to date (FY 2020 – FY 2023)

$59 million in federal funding for AFGSC to solve key commercial technology challenges

Partnered to achieve $220 million in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Strategic and Tactical Funding Increase (STRATFI) grant awards

90 innovation and technology projects presented to AFGSC

282 high-paying North Louisiana jobs associated with innovation and technology for AFGSC

1,410 indirect jobs

In the first ever STRATFI contract award for AFGSC, a $26 million partnership was launched in 2023 between Shreveport technology company Outerlink Global Solutions and AFGSC to integrate cutting edge communications equipment to the B-52 Stratofortress.

Latest Videos

Expert economic forecaster Dr. Marci Rossell provided a global economic forecast at BRF's Annual Event in Northwest Louisiana. Topics covered: global economic outlook, federal reserve, federal interest rates, housing costs, remote work, Artificial Intelligence, unemployment rates, labor force trends, oil prices and inflation.

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News

Local students shine in science fairs

Students from BRF's EdVentures programs place in regional and state competitions The Bobbie Cates Hicks Science and Medicine Academic Research...

BRF releases Spring 2024 Quarterly Report

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EDA Build to Scale grants to expand access to small business and entrepreneurship assistance in North Louisiana via BRF’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program

BRF is an awardee of two grants totaling $2 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA)...

MISSION

Diversify and grow our region’s economy.

VISION

Operate as a catalyst to expand and develop research, entrepreneurship and high-growth businesses in our region.

VALUES

Innovation. Collaboration. Problem Solving. Bold Action.

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