The US Air Force (USAF) squadrons are set to receive a new $64 funding that would be used to support airmen-led innovations in order to improve mission effectiveness.
With an aim to speed-up the implementation of the National Defence Strategy, the new developments will be used to boost readiness and lethality of the force.
The new Squadron Innovation Fund will be distributed across all total force squadrons to reduce resource barriers for indigenous innovations.
USAF chief of staff general David L Goldfein said: “We need our squadrons to be aggressively persistent and take risks in the pursuit of new ideas and solutions.
“No one knows the problems we face day-to-day more than the airmen in our squadrons.”
The Squadron Innovation Fund initiative has been designed based on the success of the 99th Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, California, US, in procuring solutions to meet their mission requirements independent of Pentagon oversight.
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The USAF will leverage its AFWERX programme and the innovation network to enable squadrons and wings to connect, share and learn from one another.
The AFWERX programme has been set up to allow for the integration and implementation of creative and disruptive technology that would enable airmen to maintain capability advantage over future adversary.
Goldfein added: “Innovative airmen find better ways of doing the mission.
“Their intrapreneurship makes us more lethal, more efficient – they must be supported by leaders who not only remove unnecessary barriers to success, but who also lift up and champion their ideas.”