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Defense
Digital Transformation Center at onMain
The DTC is a 125,000 sf facility that provides custom-built space for the Air Force, industry, and academic personnel to jointly accomplish the AFMC’s digital transformation mission. The Center will include collaborative and administrative space for AF personnel and industry partners. The Center will house the USAF’s Digital Transformation Office, the Digital Twin Incubator, the Digital Twin Center of Excellence, the OU Digital Design Studio and the Digital Enterprise for Applied Learning.
Organization Details
onMain, Inc.
300 College Park Suite 405
Dayton, Ohio. 45469-1665
Montgomery
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Non-profit
Organization Contact Details
Brian Heitkamp
Chief Executive Officer
onMain, Inc.
937-229-5262
300 College Park Suite 405
Dayton, Ohio. 45469-1665
Montgomery
Buddy LaChance
937-229-5199
blachance@onmaindayton.com
Location Details
Dayton
Montgomery
Ohio 10th
Financial Details
10000000
70765000
$25,765,000: onMain Partners

$35,000,000: State, County and City sources (requests for funding to these governmental entities have been submitted and are currently under consideration)
Administration or Operations
Yes
$25,765,000: onMain Partners

$35,000,000: State, County and City sources (requests for funding to these governmental entities have been submitted and are currently under consideration)
Yes
A year from now or later
Department of Defense
Community Details
Digital Transformation is a key objective of Air Force Material Command headquarters located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) and is managed through the Department of the Air Force’s Digital Transformation Office (DTO). The DTO leads the digital transformation efforts for the entire Department of the Air Force acquisition and sustainment enterprise, Air and Space Forces. DT is central to the future vision of both the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), also located at WPAFB. These two organizations, along with HQ AFMC, employ more than half of the personnel at WPAFB, have a strong history of collaboration with industry partners and academia, and have embraced digital transformation toolsets to accelerate innovation and system acquisition, fielding, and sustainment. The National Air and Space Intelligence Agency (NASIC), other AFMC Centers, and other support capabilities located at Wright-Patterson AFB are also pursuing DT.

Digital transformation is critical to future Air Force operations to maintain supremacy over adversaries who, in some cases, are surpassing the United States in speed and flexibility of weapons systems acquisition. Not only must the U.S. develop new and disruptive capabilities, it must address how it develops and acquires technologies and gets them to the field much faster.

Digital transformation requires a close working relationship among partners, with both virtual and physical nexus’ for driving common approaches. It also requires the development of a cutting-edge workforce with experience in many digital skillsets. Incorporating industry digital expertise into Air Force projects is necessary to ensure a rapid and robust Air Force digital transformation. The current lack of a suitable space prevents the DTO from bringing that expertise to its transformation efforts. Under the existing conditions, the DTO is hindered in its efforts to facilitate targeted outreach efforts at smaller-scale industry partners who are just as critical to digital progress but who do not have the ability to directly access the Department of Defense.
A Community Project Funding grant of $900,000 was received in FY 2021 by onMain to stabilize the exterior of the historic Exposition Hall building within the onMain District. Congressman Michael Turner was the sponsor of this community project fund request. Work is underway.
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Montgomery
Additional Details
No
Buddy LaChance
937-229-5199
blachance@onmaindayton.com
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