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Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Commander Maj. Gen. Brad Spacy talks about the importance of the 2018 Installation and Mission Support Weapons and Tactics Conference to senior Air Force leaders and members of the agile combat support community. “What’s great about this event is that it’s a forum for innovation,” Spacy said May 16 in San Antonio. “Our goal is to get ideas from our Airmen into action. We know the ideas are out there – our Airmen are coming up with them.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Armando Perez) I-WEPTAC delivers innovations to Air Force leaders
Innovation was alive here this week, as senior leaders heard proposals May 16, 2018, to address some of the greatest challenges facing the agile combat support community at the conclusion of the 2nd Annual Installation and Mission Support Weapons and Tactics Conference, hosted by the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center.
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Maj. Brook Bentley, program manager with the Air Force Research Laboratory, introduces the technical themes of the U.S. Air Force Science and Technology 2030 Forum held May 10 at Indiana University. (Indiana University photo/Chris Meyer) Air Force Science and Technology 2030 campaign: Your ideas will shape the Air Force of tomorrow
The Air Force Research Laboratory continues its support of the Air Force Science and Technology 2030 initiative and joined with Indiana University to host a listening forum at the university’s Bloomington, Indiana campus May 10-11, 2018.
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Hannah Coley, a contractor from Apex Systems, Inc., assigned as a Project Kessel Run software designer works on an application for the Air Operations Center on her first day at the Kessel Run Experimentation Lab, May 7 Kessel Run hits hyperdrive
Thirty active duty Airmen, Air Force civilians and contractors gathered in a shared workspace downtown May 7, 2018, for the opening of the Kessel Run Experimentation Lab, where they will build the next generation of combat software.
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A U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16 jet is towed out of a hangar April 26, 2018 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The aircraft was the first to receive structural modifications as part of the F-16 Service Life Extension Program, or SLEP, that will keep the jet flying for decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw) F-16 Service Life Extension Program a ‘great deal’ for DoD, taxpayers
An Air Force Thunderbird jet is the first of what will be roughly 300 refurbished C and D model F-16’s that will roll off the shop floor of the 573rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here after receiving multiple structure-strengthening modifications.
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Approximately 100 members of the Collaborative Auditory Vestibular Research Network, or CAVRN, met at the 711th Human Performance Wing April 24-26 to collaborate on areas of hearing and balance issues that service members and veterans face as a result of their military service. CAVRN meetings allow the research community to expedite scientific advancements with greater efficiency through open communication and collaborations that ensue. Ultimately, this approach results in technical and knowledge product solutions in the hands of the warfighter and their medical providers faster. The CAVRN meets once a year at a site hosted by one of the member organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Richard Eldridge) Research network works to combat number one disability claim among veterans
Military service often requires duty in noisy environments that can cause hearing loss and it doesn’t just happen during combat operations at deployed locations far from home station.
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Default Air Force Logo Air Force invites innovative solutions in AFWERX Fusion Challenge
The Air Force seeks innovative Airmen, entrepreneurs, industry experts, engineers and academics to participate in the AFWERX Fusion Challenge to enhance security of fixed, temporary and mobile assets.
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Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, left, and Dr. William Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, center, discuss the April 20 TechStars Autonomous Technology Accelerator for the Air Force Demo Day at the Westin Hotel in Boston with John Beatty, right, executive director of the Massachusetts Military Force. Air Force courts tech startups
An idea that sprang from the minds of four captains at Squadron Officer School led to 10 startup companies pitching their ideas to Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, April 20, 2018 in Boston.
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At center, Rich Lombardi, deputy under secretary of the Air Force for management, and deputy chief management officer, office of the under secretary of the Air Force, chairs a category management council meeting at Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, April 23, 2018. Lombardi is the Air Force's category management account official and is tasked with overseeing the effort as it rolls out across the enterprise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Malcolm McClendon) AF aims to save $2B, improve lethality with new acquisition approach
A new acquisition program has the potential to help the Air Force save $2 billion and make it a more lethal fighting force, Air Force acquisition leaders believe.
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Elizabeth Fisher, the co-founder and president of Selah Freedom, speaks during the Leaders Inspiring for Tomorrow (LIFTx) seminar hosted by MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., April 19, 2018. Fisher spoke on different principles of leadership and how they can be applied to create welcoming work environments. LIFTx brought together 10 diverse speakers from around the country who shared their stories of leadership, inspiration, innovation and resiliency. LIFTx: Leaders Inspiring for Tomorrow
Ten diverse speakers shared their stories of leadership, inspiration, innovation and resiliency during the first Leaders Inspiring for Tomorrow, or LIFTx, seminar hosted by MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, April 19, 2018.
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More than 70 representatives from major commands and functional communities across the Air Force gathered in Arlington, Virginia, April 11-13, 2018, to collaborate on the way forward for defining an enterprise-wide, scalable capability that makes data Visible, Accessible, Understandable, Linked, and Trustworthy Air Force Chief Data Office hosts inaugural workshop
More than 70 representatives from major commands and functional communities across the Air Force gathered in Arlington, Virginia, April 11- 13, 2018, to collaborate on the way forward for defining an enterprise-wide, scalable capability that makes data visible, accessible, understandable, linked, and trustworthy (VAULT).
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AFWERX Artificial intelligence proves beneficial for ISR data interpretation
The 526th Intelligence Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, hosted an Artificial Intelligence and Design Thinking seminar at AFWERX Vegas.
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Default Air Force Logo Artificial Intelligence and Design Thinking Seminar
The 526th Intelligence Squadron hosted a seminar on AI & Design Thinking. The workshop, held at AFWERX Las Vegas, discusses big-picture Intel ideas and themes to provide Airmen with an advantage in their career field.
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Default Air Force Logo AF to fund squadron innovation that improves mission effectiveness
Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein announced that Air Force squadrons will receive a new funding authority to accelerate implementation of the National Defense Strategy Feb. 23, 2018.
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The Predator started as an RQ-1 in the late 1990s, providing only reconnaissance capabilities until the early 2000s, when it was equipped with two AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and designated as a multirole asset. Sunsetting the MQ-1 Predator: A history of innovation
The MQ-1 Predator is a remotely piloted aircraft flown by aircrew assigned to the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Creech Air Force Base and units around the world. It has contributed to the U.S. warfighting efforts in unprecedented ways and is scheduled to sunset on March 9, 2018, as the Air Force transitions to an all MQ-9 Reaper force.
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25 passenger bus powered by a hydrogen fuel cell Air Force demonstrating hydrogen as alternate fuel source
The U.S. Air Force is demonstrating hydrogen as an alternate fuel source at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
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Flexible hybrid electronics manufactured Arduino circuit AFRL, NextFlex leverage open-source community to create flexible circuit system
Lightweight, low-cost and flexible electronic systems are the key to next-generation smart technologies for military as well as consumer and commercial applications.
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Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, receives a briefing from 2nd Lt. Nina Hoskins, 81st Surgical Operations squadron room nurse, on robotics surgery capabilities inside the robotics surgery clinic at Keesler Medical Center, Miss., June 16, 2017. The training program was stood up in March, 2017 and has trained surgical teams within the Air Force and across the Department of the Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue). Robotic surgery training program aims at improving patient outcomes
As the use of surgical robotics increases, the Air Force Medical Service is training its surgical teams in the latest technology, ensuring patients have access to the most advanced surgical procedures and best possible outcomes.
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Default Air Force Logo Two innovative Space Command ideas are in Air Force competition
Air Force Space Command recently nominated two innovative ideas for the Air Force’s Spark Tank competition.
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(Courtesy U.S. Air Force Graphic AF announces new innovation workshops at Science, Technology Forum
The Air Force announced dates and locations of the 14 upcoming innovation workshops open to the public during the Science and Technology 2030 Summit in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18.
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Default Air Force Logo AFWERX-Vegas provides creative toolbox to give life to innovative ideas
The opening of the Air Force AFWERX-Vegas storefront marks an official invitation for innovators and entrepreneurs of all backgrounds to congregate, ideate and fabricate solutions for today’s warfighter.
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