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Recommendations for Structuring Units, Enhancing Communication, and Operating Innovation Cells in the USAF

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[Technical Report, Research Paper]

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United States Air Force USAF Chief of Staff, General David Goldfein, announced during the 2018 Air Warfare Symposium that the USAF will create a 68million Squadron Innovation Fund to help squadrons overcome resource barriers that would prohibit them from enhancing readiness. Wing Commanders were told to kickstart squadron-level innovation at the tactical edge and that squadrons need to think like startups, and this is the seed money to get them started on finding new ways to dothings.1 While General Goldfeins initiative sounds like exactly what the Air Force needs to begin to overcome some of the readiness stagnation that has occurred due to a complicated acquisition process and difficulty in finding money to implement new ideas, will simply handing money to squadrons fix existing issues While resourcing units is a good start, but the USAF needs to look beyond money and acquiring new hardware to thewetware,2 the minds of the Airmen who will imagine and implement innovative solutions to the problems USAF squadrons are facing.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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