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FASTER | SMARTER: AFMC Innovation

YOI LogoThe Air Force Materiel Command 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.

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

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

  • Industry gets schooled on MDC2

    LEXINGTON, Mass. – Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts projected its quiet power during the
  • Air Force Pitch Day leans on Hanscom

    On March 6, C3I&N, Digital and ISR/SOF experts will evaluate in-person pitches. Up to $9.5 million in Phase I contracts may be awarded in small chunks, and the event could eventually generate up to $40 million in contracts.
  • Financial Operations workshop features innovation

    Tech Sgt. Samuel Spaethe used to spend hours upon hours completing work as a financial services technician, often working weeknights until 7 p.m. and then on Saturdays just to get the job done. But he knew that effort was not sustainable. So he did something innovative about it. Spaethe developed an Excel macro tool that pulls four reports and two rosters from the Defense Travel System, compares the information, and determines what needs to be done on a member’s pay record. The macro saves technicians hours in research time.
  • Hanscom division puts innovation funds to good use

    Communications and Information Division officials here used more than $43,000 of fiscal year 2018 innovation funds to consolidate information technology assets for most 66th Air Base Group units.
  • Enterprise hiring effort draws new talent, faster

    AFMC improved its civilian hiring timeliness by 12 percent in fiscal year 2018 and continues to speed up the employment process in FY19. Four major secretary-approved hiring initiatives are providing positive returns, particularly when coupled with continued process improvements in all talent acquisition areas.
  • AFIMSC’s innovation campaign selects eight ideas for ‘Spark Tank’ competition

    Eleven finalists from across the Air Force enterprise are ready to make their innovative ideas reality. The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Innovation Office’s “Call for Innovation” campaign ended Jan. 31 and received 122 submissions and more than 2,000 online votes. The office selected eight ideas to advance to AFIMSC’s “Spark Tank” event March 1, where competitors with the top three ideas will receive $200,000 to get their ideas to prototype via AFWERX and tech accelerators.
  • ICS Innovation Lab aids engineers in infrastructure management

    A new Innovation Lab for Industrial Control Systems at the 412th Civil Engineering Squadron has
  • Rapid Sustainment Office installs 3D parts on C-5

    DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. – A C-5 Super Galaxy with the tail number 70035 is the latest recipient
  • PEO Digital sharpens picture for Cheyenne Mountain Complex

    The program office worked with the Raytheon Co. to build the software over 10 months, at a cost of $3.2 million. Raytheon used agile methods to field and test the system, abridging some of the more time-consuming operational checks in favor of building a minimum viable product, and iterating improvements over time. The program office fielded a fully functional system in June 2018.
  • AFLCMC aids Kessel Run in recruiting new rebels

    An innovative effort to speed up talent acquisition for the Air Force compressed a months-long employment process to just weeks, when 28 on-the-spot job offers were made to candidates at the Kessel Run hiring event in Boston, Massachusetts held January 23-24.
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Thoughts on Innovation

By Maj. Gen. Bradley D. Spacy, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center commander
By Maj. Gen. Carl Schaefer, AFMC deputy commander

WANTED: Innovative Ideas

Innovation STARTS at AFMC! 

If you are an AFMC military or civilian Airmen and have an innovative idea for our Air Force, visit the U.S. Air Force Ideation platform to submit it for consideration today! Other opportunities for funding can be found at the AFWERX website.  

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.

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