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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:
Graduation requirements for AQIC include the completion of an academic research paper on acquisition-related topics and issues.
The papers published by Class 23B include the following topics:
Airworthiness Process: TTPs to Promote Efficiency
Authors: Capt. Marc Green (AF Ventures) and Justin Freitas (HQ AFMC)
The current geopolitical environment requires rapidly delivered capabilities to the warfighter, and the Department of the Air Force must embrace a more efficient Airworthiness Certification Process. This paper recommends improving the Airworthiness Processes by designating authority, enhancing communication, and risk resolution.
Bolstering Operationally Focused Acquisitions
Authors: Capt. Joshua Leonard (AFLCMC) and Capt. Andrew Tymchenko (SSC)
In the face of a growing divide between operations and acquisitions, this paper analyzes the importance of operationally-focused acquisition professionals.
Impact of a Proliferated Space Architecture on Launch
Authors: Maj. Alexis Sanchez-Martinez (NRO) and Capt. Dennis Sieber (SSC)
The purpose of this paper is to illustrate how the ongoing shift to proliferated space architectures by the Department of Defense and commercial industry has an immense impact on the launch enterprise and furthers the already increasing launch cadence faced by U.S. ranges.
The Role of AFMC A3T
Authors: Maj. Leon Lowman, III (ACC) and Capt. Ayesha Hein (SSC)
Developing a warfighting culture and mindset in the acquisition community is critical to driving change in how the DAF thinks about and implements its capability requirements. An A3T division with a focus on readiness, training, operator event integration, and AQIC schoolhouse management, can influence the AFMC community to move on from the environment of the Global War on Terror to refocus on the Great Power Competition.
These papers are available for review on the AQIC milSuite page located here: https://www.milsuite.mil/book/groups/the-acquisition-instructor-course/overview
For questions about the program or to submit a research paper topic for consideration, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
AQIC Graduates are:
An AQIC graduate will:
Application Instructions and additional information is available on MilSuite. (CAC required).
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