Innovation

Slide show

A showcase for Keesler's 81 Training Group who leads with innovation.
STATE OF AETC: Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast, commander of Air Education and Training Command, talks about building the United States Air Force for the 21st Century!
AETC Innovation Challenge Award winners are announced at the 2017 Senior Leader Conference at Sheppard Air Force Base.

How To Submit Ideas

Reach out to your local Air Force base's Spark Cell.

If your base doesn't have a Spark Cell, you may be able to submit your idea directly into IdeaScale at usaf.ideascalegov.com.

About AETC Innovation

“You teach people how to be innovative by teaching them to observe human nature and understand what motivates people. Everything that prevents us from being creative, everything that prevents us from being innovative as a group is rooted in human nature.

 We must be masters at this game of innovation and we better be world class at developing a culture of innovation. The two forms of innovation that keep you perpetually relevant are innovation that sustains what you are doing today and what is working, and then innovation that changes you into something that can do the same thing in a different game, a different world, a different economic curve.

Through new programs like Pilot Training Next, which is using virtual and augmented reality technology to study how Airmen learn more rapidly, AETC is embracing a culture of innovative thinkers who are emboldened to always look for better ways to complete the mission.

The trick here is to have a strategy for sustaining innovation that is traditional, but the strategy for a transformational innovation has to be fluid — it cannot be bogged down, because it will grow and migrate and move as you explore and try to bring it online. The predicate is that you design something that uplifts the current investment to the maximum degree possible, so that it will be accepted, eventually, as the strategy evolves.

Developing Airmen requires promoting learning and experience opportunities across the Continuum of Learning. Airmen should always strive to learn and innovate faster, because that is the only sustainable advantage in modern warfare.

If there is one question you ought to leave here remembering, it’s this…How can I do this job better?”

-Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast

Commander of Air Education and Training Command

AETC INNOVATION NEWS

  • AETC, AMC team up on VR solutions for modern C-130 training

    With technology constantly changing, the Air Force is actively seeking innovative methods to train today’s Airmen with tomorrow’s technology. The Air Force is committed to world-class training for Airmen by preventing stagnation in education through constant innovation to meet the needs of a new generation through a continuum of learning.
  • Pilot Training Next’s third class underway

    Pilot Training Next begins the New Year with the start of the third iteration here Jan. 8.
  • "The Air Force Starts Here" pod now on Spotify, Google Play

    To better accommodate Android and Google mobile users, Air Education and Training Command’s professional development podcasts are now available for download or streaming listening on two new platforms beginning this month.
  • Leaders never stop learning

    A major part of becoming an effective leader is learning how to communicate efficiently with peers, leadership and subordinates. Although practice is the best learning tool, one must first understand how people communicate.
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