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Faster and Cheaper: Creating a Culture of Innovation for AFRL Intellectual Property

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Air War College, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States

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AFRL must find a way to provide new technology to its customers faster and cheaper. The way to achieve this goal is to create a culture of innovation within AFRL. A review of existing programs in the government and private industry provides some headway, but does not address the main component of changing an organizations culture to one embracing or creating self-sustaining innovation. In addition to considering this review of other innovation programs and research on innovation literature, AFRL leadership must promote breakthrough successes, provide personnel with policies and facilities to stimulate creativity, as well as measure and analyze these programs to determine what aspects should continue or change. Key to this cultural change should be creating an AFRL innovation challenge, selecting an innovation project, creating an Innovation Center, fostering support of innovation throughout AFRL, and establishing a way to measure success of innovation initiatives to inform what programs should continue, terminate, or change

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