Check out AETC Innovation in action!

Air Education and Training Command’s Spark Tank 2021 submission window is now open and Airmen with innovative ideas that can help the U.S. Air Force sustain a competitive advantage are welcome to submit. From July 1 until midnight October 16, 2020, all AETC Airmen are encouraged to submit ideas they believe may make significant impacts on Air Force missions within six to 24 months. Spark Tank ideas must be submitted using the U.S. Air Force Ideation Platform at
Air Education and Training Command is integrating modern technology and innovative strategies in an effort to transform how Remotely-Piloted Aircraft pilots and sensor operators are developed through the RPA Training Next initiative. This effort moves the training to a competency-based concept where RPA students undergo a tailor-made program based on their capabilities and needs rather than an entire class following a rigid construct and transitioning through the entire pipeline together.
U.S. Air Force basic military training trainees are issued personal computers during in-processing as part of a pilot test under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement partnership at Joint Base SanAntonio-Lackland, Texas, Dec. 11, 2019. The computers replace all hard copy textbooks BMT trainees currently use with the intent to help BMT assess learning outcomes, value, and return on investment.
The 80th Flying Training Wing is employing virtual and mixed reality platforms to enhance their Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training undergraduate pilot training program. Students can hone their skills in virtual worlds before putting that knowledge to practice in actual training aircraft.
A 2020 Spark Tank submission for the low-cost threat emitter from the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB, Arizona.

How To Submit Ideas

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

Submit your idea directly into IdeaScale at

About AETC Innovation

Developing a world-class culture of innovation is key to the Air Force sustaining a competitive advantage.  The reason why innovation is so important to AETC, and our Air Force, is that it is about mission effectiveness in the way we train and educate our Airman throughout their careers, enhancing their lethality and readiness by developing them with the needed competencies and skillsets for their follow-on to their operational units, Air Force warfighting requirements, and Joint Force commanders’ needs.

Creative approaches, innovation, resources and execution at the speed of relevance are required to sharpen our competitive edge. The advantage will go to those who create the best technologies and who integrate and field them in creative operational ways that provide military advantages

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.

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