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Panelists judge innovative ideas during the inaugural AFMC Spark Tank competition. The AFMC We Need Ideascale Campaign is one way the initiative is working to encourage Airmen and civilians to submit ideas that have the potential to improve business practices and AFMC mission activities.
AFMC is the most important major command in the United States Air Force to achieve the National Defense Strategy and to acquire, field and sustain the Air Force We Need. For us to continue to ensure a technological advantage for our nation, we must develop and field technology at the speed of relevance to counter these threats and build and sustain the most lethal and ready Air Force.
Airmen and civilians from across the Air Force Materiel Command enterprise are invited to submit innovative ideas and solutions through the U.S Air Force Ideation Platform, or Ideascale, now through September 2020.
Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., commander, Air Force Materiel Command, discusses the initial results of the AFMC We Need initiative launched in July 2019. The goal of the study is to identify ways to best posture the command to meet the requirements of the National Defense Strategy and the Air Force of the Future.
Yancy Mailes, Air Force Materiel Command historian, provides background information on the AFMC We Need initiative during cadre training at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, July 15. More than 150 AFMC headquarters and center augmentees attended the training to prepare for the implementation of Phase II activities of the AFMC We Need initiative.
The AFMC We Need initiative is a grassroots effort designed to recommend changes to posture the command for future success.

The AFMC We Need

 

The Air Force Materiel Command built the most powerful Air Force in the world, and our nation is depending on us to build the Air Force we need to secure our nation’s future. As the only command inherently responsible for innovation, envisioning, testing, fielding, and sustaining Air Force war-winning capabilities, our command has responsibilities to not only the entire Air Force, but to inform and advance technology for civilian and military applications across the globe.

To ensure AFMC has the best focus, structure and resources to support the National Defense Strategy today and into the future, AFMC leadership launched a command-wide initiative to identify challenges and opportunities associated with meeting our mission need and to make recommendations for ways to change for the future. The initiative is named the "AFMC We Need."

The AFMC We Need empowers our Airmen to be a driving force behind the changes we need to support the NDS and to develop, sustain and acquire the capabilities our warfighters need to win the fight. The AFMC of the future is flexible and agile, adapts to advances in technology and delivers on its commitments at the speed of relevance to counter today's threats and ensure our Air Force remains lethal and ready.

This commander’s initiative will highlight challenges and opportunities associated with the following:

  • Research and Development
  • Test and Evaluation
  • Acquisition
  • Sustainment
  • Air Force Installation & Mission Support

The initiative aims to answer the following questions:

  1.  Is AFMC structured and organized to support the National Defense Strategy and the Air Force we need?
  2.  Is AFMC optimized for innovation, agility and a relentless focus on mission, recruiting and retention?
  3.  Is AFMC anticipating Air Force needs?
  4.  How can AFMC become the enablers of change and change agents for the future?

Through internal focus groups, interviews, questionnaires and feedback, the initiative will make actionable recommendations for the AFMC future. The entire workforce will have the opportunity to participate and shape a workplace that spurs innovation and inspires enthusiasm to reach new levels of mission success.

To support our National Defense Strategy to its fullest, AFMC needs to adapt for the future. And, we need the entire AFMC workforce to enable that change.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is AFMC performing this initiative?

A. AFMC is the most important MAJCOM to achieve the National Defense Strategy and drive to the Air Force We Need. Only if this command works, and this command succeeds, can the Air Force succeed.This initiative will make recommendations to posture the command for mission success for the next 20 years. The AFMC We Need is about empowering our Airmen to help shape the future of AFMC.

Q:  Who is driving this initiative?

A:  This was proactively directed by AFMC leadership.

Q. What is the timeline for the initiative? Who is in charge of the effort?

A. The AFMC We Need initiative was launched in the summer of 2019. The Commander’s Accelerated Initiatives Office (CDX) was stood up to help the command analyze the data Airman provided and begin addressing issues that were identified. CDX was originally designed to be a one-year effort. However, with the enormous amount of feedback continued to be received from the field, leadership decided to make CDX an enduring office.

Q. What is the intent of the Ideascale campaign?

A. The AFMC We Need  is about empowering  Airmen to help shape the future of AFMC. The ongoing Ideascale campaign provides an opportunity for Airmen to share ideas that can bring forth positive change across the mission set. 

Q. How can I participate?

A.  As a command, it is important that we continue to listen to our Airmen and find ways to break down barriers they face. Our greatest resource is our Airmen, and it is through their ingenuity that we will find solutions to our most challenging problems. Anyone can send an email through the "Contact Us" link on the website which will go directly to an AFMC We Need team member who can provide additional information about ongoing efforts. Airmen can also reach out to the AFMC We Need POC located at each Wing or Center. If an individual or organization wants to share what they have done in support of the AFMC We Need, they can contact the AFMC We Need team or local public affairs office for further action. To share a solution to a problem others might be experiencing or other creative and innovative ideas, individuals can submit to the AFMC We Need Campaign on the U.S. Air Force Ideation platform at https://usaf.ideascalegov.com/a/ideas/recent/campaign-filter/byids/campaigns/111/stage/unspecified.

Q. Will a final report be produced and made available to employees and the public? Will it be released?

A. A final report will not be produced. Instead a series of recommendations and point papers were provided to leadership for review and action. Significant recommendations may be publicly released, provided they do not pose any operational security issues.

Q. What is the plan for keeping the workforce informed on the progress?

A. The workforce will be kept informed through direct emails from leadership, commander’s calls, meetings, videos, on-line collaboration opportunities, articles and other social media venues.Currently, ongoing efforts are being shared via direct emails, PA Daily News messages and other targeted articles as well as through Monthly Activity Reports to command and center leadership.  Regular updates are provided to center and wing leaders as well as organizational AFMC We Need POCs. The Commander’s Accelerated Initiatives Office is looking at alternative methods for sharing information about what the command has been doing in response to Airmen feedback. To submit a suggestion or idea on how best to do this, send an email through the “Contact Us” link on the website.

Q.  Who can I contact for further information?

A.  Send an email through the "Contact Us" link on the website and an AFMC We Need team member will respond to your query.

 

AFMC We Need News

  • New program aims to reduce depot time for F-15 aircraft

    The 561st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, F-15 Systems Program Office and 402nd Software Engineering Group are teaming together to develop a test program that will reduce program depot maintenance time with the F-15 aircraft.
  • One-of-a-kind virtual training center keeps base reality-ready

    A new and unique virtual training facility at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is keeping the 78th Security Forces Squadron ready and more lethal during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Air Force Test Center, Air Force Research Laboratory collaborate during annual Summit

    The Air Force Materiel Command has built the most powerful Air Force in the world, and our nation is depending on us to build the Air Force we need to secure our nation’s future. Add on a pandemic and let’s face it, collaborating on various platforms has been either a success or successfully overwhelming. Two agencies under the MAJCOM met the challenge of “AFMC We Need” and held their 2nd annual Air Force Research Laboratory/Air Force Test Center Summit last month.
  • Hanscom SC accelerates change through mission enhancement

    Specialists from the Hanscom Communications and Information Division, or SC, are supporting the “AFMC We Need” initiative by improving business practices. The division is focused on aiding Airmen-driven enhancement, process improvement and innovation that leaders say was put into hyper-speed because of COVID-19, placing SC at the forefront of the Air Force’s ability to adapt.
  • COMPUSEC automation delivers time, cost savings

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – A new computer security automated process, developed by the
  • Agile Patriot guides, grows future AFMC leaders

    The Air Force Materiel Command held the first-ever Agile Patriot professional development conference, Nov. 2-5, equipping emerging leaders with a greater understanding of the AFMC mission and the knowledge, skills and expertise to help lead the organization into the future.
  • Call for Innovation Rodeo ideas nears Dec. 1 deadline

    With less than a month to go in their annual call-for-topics campaign, the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center is still looking for innovative ideas with potential to change the Air Force.
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From the commander

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"AFMC is the most important MAJCOM in the U.S. Air Force. Only if this command works and this command succeeds can the Air Force succeed. We built the most powerful Air Force in the world, and our nation is depending on us to build the Air Force we need to secure our nation’s future. We must operate at the speed of relevance to build and sustain the most lethal and ready Air Force." --Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr.

 

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