Established in 2017 by the Secretary of the Air Force and reporting to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, AFWERX is a catalyst for agile Air Force engagement across industry, academia and non-traditional contributors to create transformative opportunities and foster an Air Force culture of innovation. The ultimate aim is to solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the Air Force.

We enable thoughtful, deliberate, ground-up innovation across the Air Force. We do this through an innovation approach that combines startup urgency with the largest pool of motivated talent in the world to uncover opportunities to improve Air Force capabilities, connect and engage the right stakeholders, and facilitate outcomes.

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Uncovering Ideas and Opportunities

AFWERX has tools to empower Airmen intrapreneurs to identify opportunities for leveraging new technologies or commercial best practices, find new efficiencies in policy and processes, and improving Air Force culture.

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Connecting Ideas with Real Options

AFWERX has the ability to connect Airmen intrapreneurs with researchers, thought-leaders, cutting edge companies, and other experts by using accelerators, public challenge events and targeted outreach.

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Transitioning Solutions

The AFWERX team is dedicated to guiding and supporting Airmen's innovation ideas through the full project life cycle. We can do this by assisting access to capital through efforts such as the SBIR/STTR program, external budgets, or leveraging our network of engaged stakeholders across the Air Force to provide guidance and remove roadblocks.

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