One of the largest innovation efforts, executed by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, has initiated the development of a new Multi-Domain Operations Center to connect operations information that currently resides in a number of cyber networks into a single, fused, comprehensive cyber picture. The $326,000 investment has purchased servers, training and infrastructure requirements to build the Cyber Ops Center and is already reducing reaction time to cyber events through increased integration and communication of cyber entities across the center footprint.
A $20,000 project by the 96th Test Wing, Air Force Test Center, placed Android Tactical Awareness Kit tablets in the hands of security forces operators who have gained increased situational awareness while on patrol through real-time access to background checks, GPS and communication networks. The increased, instantaneous communication allows for more immediate, rapid response in dangerous situations, augmenting the lethality and mission success of defenders in the field.
Other FY2018 innovation efforts include:
• Human Centered Data Analytics, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory ($250,000): Software infrastructure and collaborative data management environment that integrates real-time modeling, analytics and machine learning;
• Flying Fox, AFLCMC ($55,000): Cellular cyber defense capability to better protect information from unauthorized access or adversarial compromise;
• Property Custodian Account Consolidation, 66th Air Base Group, AFLCMC ($43,000): Streamlines management of IT accounts for centralized execution, alleviating the additional duty from squadrons;
• Hymore Refuel Truck, 74th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Air Force Sustainment Center ($9,400): Streamlines hot pit operations for F-35 training sorties while expanding refueling capabilities by 25 percent;
• Dorm Guardian Keytrak, AFSC ($98,500): Enables dorm residents to digitally sign out dorm key using biometrics when primary key is misplaced, eliminating need for residence service calls;
• Reveal FirePro, AFSC ($17,000): Provides thermal imagery tools to firefighters, enhancing situational awareness and speed during emergency operations;
• Deep Trekker Portable Submersible Robot for Water Tank Inspections, 412th Test Wing, AFTC ($88,000): Will enable the inspection of the inside of water distribution tanks using robotic technology, eliminating the need for expensive, dangerous human inspection of tanks;
• 3D Runway Surface Scanning and Surface Re-Creation, Landing Gear Test Facility, AFTC ($23,000): Development of a 3D runway scanning methodology to yield data to feed into additive manufacturing processes for creation of fabricated runway test surfaces.
The FY19 Squadron Innovation Fund program is still being defined at the Air Force level. However, AFMC leaders plan to “act early” to execute any innovation funding provided to the command to ensure the most innovative and cost-effective war-winning capabilities are fielded across the mission environment.