A grassroots innovation program that empowers Airmen to bring tomorrow’s tools to the Warfighter today
Spark leverages the ingenuity of Air Force intrapreneurs at the base level and non-traditional partners to create unique opportunities for the military’s operational experts to collaborate with the top problem solvers in industry, academia, and the government.
With the support of AFWERX, Spark is building a decentralized network of Air Force bases around the world to execute locally generated ideas and projects. These Spark Cells give Airmen access to resources and support across the AF innovation network. The innovation network enables rapid communication and scaling across the enterprise.
Spark's goals are to:
- Further a culture of innovation within the Air Force
- Provide Airmen with the pathways and resources to solve tactical-level pain-points
- Create a robust network of experts from industry, academia, and the government
Maj. Steve LauverCapability Lead, Spark
How to Get Involved
Spark Cell Charter Template
This is an example charter for any Airmen interested in starting a Spark Cell at their base.
Build a Makerspace
This document contains GSA approved products which can support an Air Force makerspace.
In an era of great power competition, our squadrons, more than ever, are the heartbeat of the Air Force. To foster innovation at the level of command that makes the greatest impact, Secretary Heather Wilson and General David L. Goldfein initiated a second year of Squadron Innovation Funds (“SIF”) for fiscal year 2019 so commanders can tackle their most pressing readiness and national-security challenges. In keeping with previous guidance, we must continue to THINK BIG, start small, and Scale Fast.