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"Accelerate the Kill Chain"
Mission: Train highly skilled acquisition instructors and leaders in tactical and strategic knowledge to meet the operational needs of tomorrow’s multi‐domain battlespace
Vision: Enhance integration between acquisition, industry, and operational communities through instruction, collaboration, and innovation to accelerate the kill chain
The Acquisition Instructor Course (AQIC) is the Department of the Air Force’s premier training ground for informed, connected thought leaders who are part of a larger network shaping the way the Acquisition community interacts with and supports the warfighter. As the Acquisition community’s equivalent institution to the United States Air Force Weapons School, AQIC is a highly selective, five-and-and-one-half month course based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for both Air Force and Space Force Acquisition officers and civilians. The AQIC schoolhouse maintains a strategic partnership with the USAFWS to create numerous integration opportunities for students and graduates, and its construct parallels the USAFWS curriculum methodology, requirements, rigor, and intent.
AQIC was established in 2019 under the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff’s direction to integrate with the USAFWS to accelerate the kill chain through constant acquirer and operator collaboration. The course employs an unconventional curriculum designed to build a cadre of graduates who bridge the divide between acquirers and operators, enhance workforce capability through instruction, and embrace a culture of innovation. In order to achieve its unique mission, AQIC’s curriculum was developed entirely from the ground-up. Some key aspects of the curriculum include:
AQIC Graduates are:
An AQIC graduate will:
Application Instructions and additional information is available on MilSuite. (CAC required). The application deadlines for the next cohort is January 20, 2023.
Not threatened by being corrected or afraid to admit mistakes. Aware of their own blind spots
Speaks honestly; is an authority in trade & actively seeks knowledge to advance the sphere of influence
Generous with time to assist others with their challenges; open to ideas
Perpetually suspicious of doing things the way that they have always been done
Effectively builds a powerful, effective, and efficient coalition in any environment
Leverages networks & credibility to become a force multiplier across the defense acquisition community and industry