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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

  • AFMC releases updated telework guidance

    The Air Force Materiel Command has released an updated guide to provide employees and supervisors with a one-stop reference to policies and procedures governing telework activity across the mission set. The 25-page document covers all aspects of telework, to include eligibility, training, pay, leave and absence, equipment, documentation and more, with applicability to all AFMC telework-eligible employees.
  • Air Force finalizes PT uniform design; will begin production process

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – After numerous tests and feedback from Airmen around the
  • Legal team’s COVID hustle earns service medal

    Four Air Force Materiel Command headquarters lawyers were recipients of the Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal for their individual and collective efforts in support of COVID-19 response efforts from March 25, 2020 through February 15, 2021.
  • AFMC Connect March focus: Belonging

    Throughout 2021, Airmen and leaders have glimpsed the commitment of AFMC to cultivating a trusting environment where Airmen are valued for their contributions to the mission. Members have a sense of belonging and feel they are a part of something important.
  • On-the-spot offers bring new talent to AFMC

    Ten immediate intent-to-hire job offers were the result of the recent Air Force Materiel Command recruiting efforts during the Black Engineer of the Year Award virtual conference, Feb. 11-13.
  • Joint Simulation Environment brings Next-Gen Test and Evaluation to AFTC

    The $34.4 million project will provide a state-of-the-art modeling and simulation environment to conduct fifth-generation and next-generation developmental test, operational test, and high-end advanced training and tactics development for the warfighter. Construction begins March 2021 and is scheduled to be complete Aug. 2022.
  • AFMC We Need: Ten BIG Wins

    The AFMC We Need command-wide initiative continues to drive change across the command as we endeavor

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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