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FASTER | SMARTER: 2019 Year of Innovation

The 2019 Air Force Materiel Command Year of Innovation Campaign highlights the vast innovation efforts across the command. From research and development, to testing, and deployment and sustainment of our warfighting platforms and people, the work of AFMC impacts the Air Force across all mission sets. We're working hard to do our jobs faster and smarter, leveraging an innovative mindset for the future of warfighting.

This is the 2019 Year of Innovation, led by innovative Airmen, trusted and empowered, creating agile, cost-effective war-winning capabilities for our Nation.

Innovation News from Across the Command

  • Air Force completes test of combat support innovation

    The Air Force completed the final test of an innovative warfighting concept May 12 that could be a game-changer for future adaptive-basing constructs.
  • Air Force takes part in Transcontinental Railroad’s 150th anniversary

    Air Force recruiters and volunteers were among the thousands who gathered May 10-11 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad at Golden Spike National Historic Park.
  • C3I&N level-ups network defense

    HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – A cyber operations system called Unified Platform fielded its first
  • CPI office augments mission effectiveness, efficiency

    The Air Force Materiel Command Continued Process Improvement program leverages Airmen innovation and new technologies to create a continuous cycle of process improvement and change in the service culture. The goal of the program is to improve mission execution while reducing costs, which ultimately maximizes customer, i.e. taxpayer, value of the force.
  • Innovation spark cell holds share, connect workshop

    The 96th Test Wing innovation office spark cell holds a Share and Connect Workshop to promote a culture of innovation.
  • Air Force licenses nutritional supplement to New Jersey firm

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - A nutritional supplement developed under a Cooperative
  • Over 60 jobs offers since Hill AFB hiring event

    Nearly 60 job offers have been made since Hill Air Force Base held a hiring event in March. The event held at the base’s museum focused on hiring civilian scientists and engineers. Nearly 40 programs conducted more than 600 interviews from the hiring pool of journeyman candidates and about to be college graduates.
  • Autonomous vehicles coming to PIRA

    Self-driving vehicles may not be commonplace on city streets yet, but they are headed to the Precision Impact Range Area on Edwards Air Force Base, California. Autonomous Solutions Inc. conducted a site survey to gather information needed to provide their autonomous services to the PIRA, April 16-17.
  • AFMC-wide virtual hiring fair attracts new talent

    The Air Force Materiel Command hosted its first Virtual Hiring Event April 10 to fill more than 400 immediate vacancies across the enterprise footprint. Approximately 30 job offers were made during the event with hiring managers also identifying 60 additional members for subsequent interviews. An additional benefit resulting from the event is the large number of resumes now on hand that are being screened and placed in a repository for future opportunities.
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Thoughts on Innovation

By Maj. Gen. Carl Schaefer, AFMC deputy commander

Senior Leader Perspectives

When it comes to innovation, we need to think big, start small, and scale fast.

-- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein

The world is changing at a pace and scale – and our adversaries are competing in ways – that we haven’t seen before. We have to change. We need Airmen to help move our Air Force forward, because the status quo just doesn’t suffice in today’s world.

--Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson

How can we do less, do it better, do it faster, and be more efficient, be more lethal, and, ultimately, create a more ready and lethal joint fighting force? The answer is innovation.

 --Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright

What are your thoughts?

Do you have a unique perspective on innovation that you are willing to share?

We are seeking Airmen and Civilian Airmen from across the command to tell us how they define innovation and what they are doing each day to be faster, smarter and better in their execution of the AFMC mission.

To be featured in print or video, send an email to:

AFMC.PA.Workflow@us.af.mil