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

  • "Developing Mach-21 Airmen" explores Pilot Training Next 2.0

    The fifth episode of "Developing Mach-21 Airmen," Air Education and Training Command's podcast series, was released March 18. In the episode, Lt. Col. Paul Vicars, the director of Pilot Training Next, sits down to discuss the second iteration of AETC’s innovative and experimental approach to learning, based at the Armed Forces Reserve Center near the Austin-Bergstrom (Texas) International Airport.
  • International environment, innovation to headline 21st-century pilot training

    The 77th meeting of the ENJJPT Steering Committee, which is the governing body of the world’s only internationally manned and operated pilot training program, was held at Sheppard AFB March 11-15 to give representatives from partner nations an opportunity to discuss the physical and financial health of the 55-week long program.
  • PTN innovations moving to undergraduate pilot training

    Beginning May 31, 2019, flying training wings will formally begin integrating innovations from Pilot Training Next into the undergraduate pilot training curriculum,19th Air Force officials announced at the PTN Technology Expo held here March 12-13. Taking lessons learned and data derived from technology use during PTN, the idea is to blend those training approaches and content into the syllabi for specific T-1 Jayhawk, T-6A Texan II and T-38C Talon aircraft flights at UPT wings to accelerate student learning and build better aviators for the future.
  • 19th AF commander experiences 314th AW innovations

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 19th Air Force commander, visited the 314th Airlift Wing
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