Protagonist Wins Phase I SBIR Contract for AI/ML Dual Use Technologies


January 8, 2020

San Francisco, CA – Protagonist is proud to announce that it has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) and AFWERX. Under this contract, Protagonist will work to adapt our proven Narrative Analytics® platform to predict the likelihood of political crises or civil disturbances emerging in countries of interest, a capability we’ve dubbed “Narrative-Based Emergent Crisis Detection (NECD).” The project falls under a US Air Force focus area related to Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning dual use technologies.

Protagonist COO, Bryan Pelley, said:

“We’re grateful for this opportunity from AFRL and AFWERX to further adapt Narrative Analytics to meet the needs of the Air Force and DOD as a whole and we’re excited to further enhance our capabilities around predictive analysis in the narrative space.”

AFRL and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the SBIR process in an attempt to speed up the experience, broaden the pool of potential applicants and decrease bureaucratic overhead. Beginning in SBIR 18.2, and now in 19.2, the Air Force has begun offering “Special” SBIR topics that are faster, leaner and open to a broader range of innovations.

To learn more about this announcement, please contact:

Bryan Pelley, COO
One Thomas Circle NW, Suite 700, Washington DC 20005
Office: (415) 967-5520