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  • Spangdahlem VIPER Kit provides lethal combat power

    Airmen assigned to the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, are currently deployed as the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron for Aviation Detachment Rotation 21.3 at Łask Air Base, Poland. During the ADR, Spangdahlem Airmen leveraged Agile Combat Employment concepts and innovative practices, specifically the Versatile Integrating Partner Equipment Refueling (VIPER) kit. The VIPER kit utilizes host nation refueling equipment to support fifth-generation fighters, as well as any U.S. Air Force aircraft, anywhere in the world. In the most simplistic sense, the VIPER kit functions as a universal fuel adaptor.
  • AMC discusses innovation embedded in 305th MXG

    Dr. Albert Lowas, Air Mobility Command chief scientist, visited Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. to meet with 305th Maintenance Group leadership and discuss current innovations happening within the unit.
  • WIDOW: Nellis Airmen use modern mission planning software tailor-made for ABMS

    Nellis Airmen are utilizing the modern software application WIDOW (Web-based Information Dominant Warfare) to digitize the tactical-level mission planning process.
  • Eastern National Robot Rodeo showcases EOD emerging capabilities

    INDIAN HEAD, Md. – Explosive ordnance disposal and bomb squad experts in the Department of Defense
  • AFIMSC tests installation events app

    The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center is testing an installation community events mobile app aimed at building a sense of connectedness and camaraderie among Airmen.
  • 6 SWS wind turbines propel environmental, efficiency standards

    With the rising energy requirements across the U.S. Space Force, Space Delta 4 team members are constantly developing and implementing ways to efficiently save money and create a self-sustaining power source. The 6th Space Warning Squadron at Cape Cod Space Force Station, Massachusetts, is one of the units leading the way and investing in a renewable source, which in turn significantly cuts costs. As they consume about $5,000 worth of electricity every day, they were able to install wind turbines to save a tremendous amount each month in electric cost. Operational since 2014, they have generated enough electricity to repay the initial investment more than four years ahead of schedule.
  • SA Innovation Summit takes on ‘accelerating change’

    With the theme of Accelerate Change, the Department of the Air Force pushed innovation forward during the inaugural San Antonio Innovation Summit Aug. 3-4 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
  • USAFE-AFAFRICA launches Spark Tank 2022 competition

    U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa launched the Spark Tank 2022 competition across the command following the U.S. Air Force’s AFWERX kickoff of the annual innovation showcase.
  • Air University Innovation Accelerator office pushes ideas, research ‘one step beyond’

    The Air University Innovation Accelerator office’s vision is to push the university’s contributions to national security, strategic competition and integrated deterrence “one step beyond.” The AUiX office provides resources, expertise and processes for networking innovative ideas and research from students, faculty and staff with innovation partners.
  • Wanted: Innovative ideas for Spark Tank 2022

    Spark Tank 2022, a Department of the Air Force annual competition in which Airmen and Guardians pitch innovative solutions to operational problems, will accept submissions in early August 2021.