ACE is a one-stop, open source software application with various interconnected tools that enables users to develop complex AI solutions in real time. This cooperative network will support users as they research, prototype, deploy and continuously improve AI products.​

The mission of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Autonomy Capability Team (ACT3) is rapid advancement of the science, technology, and research and development (R&D) of Autonomy for varied military platforms. Commissioned by the AFRL Commander, ACT3 is an autonomy ‘special operations’ team leveraging an innovative ‘start-up’ business model as an alternative approach to the traditional AFRL Technical Directorate R&D model and specifically defined basic research, applied research and advanced development assignments. Under the ACT3 business model the goal is to define the shortest path to successful transition of solutions using AFRL’s internal expertise and collaborations with the best academic and commercial AI researchers in the world. Successful implementation may mean new technology or new implementation of existing technology.