“Core I at the Weapons School is where all of the different platforms and communities come together for academic work to understand the capabilities and effects of various platforms and Core II is about understanding how those platforms come together to provide a joint and integrated effect,” said Lt. Col. Steve Smith, commandant of the AFMC Advanced Acquisition Course. “Auditing Core I and II will allow our students [acquisition experts] to get a quick introduction to most of the [operator] communities out there and allow them to start thinking about how their individual experiences and expertise can integrate into the Weapons School itself and with operating communities.”
Acquisition is an increasingly vital part of our warfighting mission, and educating acquirers about weapon systems and how they are used in combat will only improve Air Force lethality said Col. Brady Hauboldt, vice commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and an advocate for the new course.
“While at the Weapons School, the students [from the Acquisition Course] will learn more about how other communities integrate in order to create an effect in a conflict environment and how they as acquirers can help with the rapid acquisition of the pieces that perhaps they [operators] need,” Hauboldt said. “Maybe it’s a technology shortfall, maybe it’s a capability shortfall or a sustainability and operability improvement with the jet itself, these are areas where acquirers would be able to provide expertise and value.”
Other portions of the course are expected to include visits to AFWERX, the Air Force Rapid Capability Office, Capitol Hill and the U.S. Special Operations Command.
“One of the charters of the first student cohort is to figure it [course direction] out and come back with recommendations,” said Hauboldt. “They will deliver a draft curriculum and accreditation flight path for the course. In addition, they will develop acquisition tactics, techniques and procedures that future graduates will use and teach to others. While we don’t know whether the course will become a formal accredited program under the Weapons School – a three- to four-year process – or remain a standalone AFMC course, we do expect it will provide great value to both acquisition professionals and the operators they engage with.”