Innovation
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

  • Project NEXUS tests developing technologically ready Airmen

    Air Education and Training Command officials began a beta test aimed at learning the best ways to introduce more technologically ready Airmen into units July 9 in Austin, Texas. The program is expected to fuel organic technology problem solving efforts for Airmen in their day-to-day workplaces.
  • AETC commander guest on "Developing Mach-21 Airmen" pod

    Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast is the featured guest on the latest episode of "Developing Mach-21 Airmen," Air Education and Training Command's podcast series, released July 8, 2019.
  • AF Academy, AETC host technology-infused basic aviation skills training

    Colorado Springs high school students and recent Air Force Academy graduates are flying together -- in the classroom -- thanks to training devices that simulate the T-6 Texan II training aircraft. The Academy is hosting summer training sessions in partnership with AETC to explore the benefits of exposing students to basic aviation skills using virtual reality technology.
  • Airfield management course at Keesler adds virtual reality

    The 334th Training Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., has incorporated the first virtual reality training for Airfield Management students in the Air Force so the students get more of a “hands-on” learning experience.
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