“The last cohort gained some extremely valuable experience and knowledge through their interaction with the students in the 19 Bravo [Weapons School] class,” said Col. Steve Smith, commandant of AQIC. “They were able to interact with them and see their operations first-hand. They were able to see the mission briefings, mission planning, and mission debriefing and even had the opportunity to go out and fly along during one of the larger sorties towards the end of the WSINT period.”
Wiechmann added that being able to observe the Weapons School students was a great experience because it allowed the acquisition officers to get a better understanding of the systems they support and identify areas they can help improve capabilities.
The knowledge gained from the Weapons School experience is being used to further develop the AQIC curriculum.
“While we are not a member of the Air Force Weapons School, we are using their methodology to develop this course and infuse the community with advanced trained [acquisition] officers that will provide instruction and training to other acquisition professionals,” said Smith. “We will also use what we learn to identify and address capability gaps and areas of concern for the operational community.”
The AQIC beta course (20 Bravo) call for nominations is currently open and due back to the school house Feb. 28. Eligible applicants should have received a myPers notification with application requirements and instructions. The 20 Bravo course will start July 6, 2020.