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  • Commentary: Minuteman III program office leads innovation with new campaign

    A team comprised of Airmen from the AFNWC and Air Force Global Strike Command has taken the lead on an innovation process to deploy projects faster while eliminating delays caused by lengthy or belated engineering reviews.
  • Innovative accelerator helps second cohort advance

    The second iteration of The U.S. Air Force Labs with MassChallenge program culminated in a virtual showcase on Zoom May 14.
  • Innovation leads to solutions, processes with iHub

    The website encourages collaboration and increases shared knowledge between AFICC/KU, USAFE-AFAFRICA contracting squadrons and mission-focused business leaders, or MFBL, to spark innovations. Change agents can use the website as a filter for information to streamline processes or solve issues within squadrons or even across the theater.
  • Washington State Patrol pilots successfully test special laser eye protection developed at Wright-Patterson Lab

    Aiming a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime that can net offenders up to five years in jail or cost them a $250,000 fine. Even with this heavy potential penalty, laser strikes have become increasingly more common. According to the FAA, 6,852 such incidents were reported in 2020, compared with 385 in 2006, and so far this year, incidents of “joy lasing” are up 20 percent over last year. Cheap and easily obtained, hand-held lasers used as pointers and cat toys are certainly harmless when used as intended. But when they are aimed at the cockpit of an aircraft, they can temporarily blind the pilot — with possibly deadly consequences.
  • AFRL Materials scientist receives NextFlex 2021 Fellow Award

    Dr. Jeremy Ward, a scientist at Wright-Patterson’s Air Force Research Laboratory, has received a 2021 Fellow Award from NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Institute. Ward was one of four recipients.
  • Teams deliver innovative solutions at I-WEPTAC

    Teams tasked with tackling the Air and Space Forces’ most challenging Agile Combat Support issues delivered their recommendations April 21 at the 2021 Installation and Mission Support Weapons and Tactics Conference.
  • AFRL testing made Perseverance, the search for life on Mars possible

    On February 18, 2021, NASA’s rover Perseverance touched down on the surface of Mars to begin searching for evidence of past life. The success of this touchdown would not have been possible without the work of a team of researchers who operate unique erosion testing equipment in a windowless bunker at Wright-Patterson’s Air Force Research Lab. And this is not the only Dayton connection to this particular Mars mission.
  • Reserve Airman makes history with innovative Project FoX/F-35 development

    For the first time ever, Air Force personnel livestreamed F-35 data directly from the aircraft’s mission systems computers to a connected computer tablet during a ground test March 31, 2021, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.The event was a milestone for the Fighter Optimization eXperiment (FoX), a project that seeks to rapidly integrate advanced
  • Team from Air Force Research Lab finds a way to use packaged snow as explosion protection

    In March 2021, a team from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Junior Force Warfighter Operations in the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate (designated “JFWORX”) led a collaborative, live-fire test with explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) personnel from the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Because the extreme cold of Alaskan winters often makes standard ordnance disposal procedures inadequate if not impossible, JFWORX was asked to formally evaluate the use of a readily available resource — snow — as a protective barrier between live ordnance and people or property or both.
  • AFIMSC releases strategic plan

    The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center released a strategic plan April 9, outlining priorities and associated goals the center is pursuing to optimize delivery of installation and mission support to the Air Force and Space Force.
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