Air Mobility Command hosts industry event, promotes collaboration, innovation

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  • By Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade
  • Air Mobility Command Public Affairs

Air Mobility Command hosted more than 100 industry partners here July 27, giving those in attendance a chance to collaborate, network and strengthen relationships.

Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, the commander of Air Mobility Command, said this event provides a great opportunity for AMC to share its 30-year vision regarding aircraft recapitalization, aeromedical evolution, defensive systems technology and more. His primary goal for this event was for AMC and industry partners to continue to work together to better meet the needs of preparing mobility Airmen for tomorrow.

“This is just the start of improving our collaboration process,” Everhart said. “Collaboration reduces cost escalation and encourages novel solutions to shape the 21st century. Now is the time for us, industry and mobility Airmen, to further our innovation efforts and continue to enhance the Air Force’s capabilities in areas such as manufacturing, autonomous systems and standardizing our fleet.”

Following Everhart were discussions led by AMC’s chief scientist and the directors of intelligence, operations, logistics, strategic plans and communications.

Topics ranged from communication systems that can sustain an electromagnetic pulse to the use of 3-D modeling to print non-critical parts and eventually essential parts. Other concepts discussed were enhancing virtual training environments, improving airdrop precision without the use of GPS, and refining intelligence analysts’ access to real-time reports.

To best execute the mission, AMC needs help from industries to match plans for the future with resources, said Maj. Gen. Thomas Sharpy, the Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs director.

“If the technology doesn’t exist, the question is ‘how do we get it,’” Sharpy said. “If we, as a total force, work together, we can find an integrated solution that makes ideas reality and will not only benefit the Air Force, but the Department of the Defense.

"This day was the first step toward ensuring our warfighters are equipped with the right tools to be successful in their mission to deliver unrivaled global reach for America well into the next decade and beyond,” he said.