• Hacking Acquisitions The Defense Innovation Unit is in the business of finding solutions to military problems in the commercial marketplace. First, they investigate technological solutions to address a military need or problem. Then, they determine the best commercial company to provide that solution and facilitate an agile acquisition of the technology. DIU can then assist as the […] J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses May 20, 2019
  • The Beyond Text by Col. Martin France “Learning space by doing space” is the motto of the Air Force Academy’s unique FalconSAT senior capstone engineering program, a program unlike any other undergraduate space program in the world. Each year Astro Department faculty, aided by experts from other departments, NCOs, technicians and contractors, provide cadets with the real […] Airman Magazine No responses May 13, 2019
  • Character Takes Flight In his book, “The Spirit of St. Louis,” Charles Lindbergh admits that he wasn’t completely sold on the idea when contemplating his first parachute attempt, “The thought of crawling out onto the struts and wires hundreds of feet above the earth, and then giving up even that tenuous hold of safety and of substance, left […] Andrew Arthur Breese No responses April 24, 2019
  • Effective Risk The Air Force’s history is a timeline rich in success stories of innovation and calculated risks taken by Airmen to achieve a legacy of dominance in airpower, yet behind any of these success stories there’s a series of lessons learned from failure. Yet today many Air Force senior leaders express somewhere along the way in […] Andrew Arthur Breese No responses April 2, 2019
  • Sustaining Balance Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, Jr. is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The organization is the single center responsible for total life cycle management covering all aircraft, engines, munitions and electronic systems. It is one of six centers reporting to Air Force Materiel Command. The men […] Bennie J. Davis III No responses February 11, 2019
  • Serving, Saving, Shaping In December 2018, Airman magazine interviewed Maj. Gen. Mark E. Smith, the Civil Air Patrol’s 24th national commander. He leads CAP’s more than 60,000 members across the United States in fulfilling the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s Congressionally chartered missions of emergency services, cadet programs and aerospace education, in addition to the organization’s steadily increasing role […] Airman Magazine No responses January 22, 2019
  • Herding Health See more Veterinarian photos on Flickr (Editor’s note: The following is an encore presentation of an Airman magazine story documenting an Operation Pacific Angel mission to build international partnerships. In 2012, an Air Force veterinarian, Lt. Col. Douglas D. Riley, partnered with Mongolian veterinarians to improve the health of the livestock which provides the country […] Airman Magazine No responses January 7, 2019
  • 21st Century Air National Guard Lieutenant General L. Scott Rice is the Director, Air National Guard (ANG), the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for formulating, developing and coordinating all policies, plans and programs affecting more than 107,600 Air Guard members and civilians in more than 90 wings and 175 geographically separated units across 213 locations throughout the 50 States, […] Airman Magazine No responses December 17, 2018
  • Out of the Box Dr. Richard Joseph, chief scientist of the Air Force, believes “failures have their seeds planted in success.” Bureaucracies within the Air Force perpetuate what works. Yet, they often cling to ideas, systems or methods beyond the point of effectiveness – producing failure from that success. They also tend to eliminate ideas and people that challenge […] Andrew Arthur Breese No responses November 26, 2018
  • Joint Investigation Brig. Gen. Edward L. Vaughan is the Air National Guard Special Assistant to Maj. Gen. Scott F. Smith, the Director of Training and Readiness, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Va. The directorate, encompassing seven divisions and the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation, is responsible for policy, guidance […] Airman Magazine No responses October 16, 2018