Air Force to Give Each Squadron Up to $30,000 for Innovation

ORLANDO — During a speech about future innovation here at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein announced the service will give every total force squadron thousands of dollars in the next few weeks to preserve the “lethality of the force” but also jump start new and rapid projects.

A program called the “Squadron Innovation Fund” will distribute $64 million across the service, Goldfein said. That amounts to roughly $10,000 to $30,000 per squadron with operations and maintenance funding.

Our success is going to be driven by airmen, who live and work in squadrons and squadron-like organizations, because you’ve heard me say consistently the squadron is the beating heart of our Air Force,” Goldfein said. This “will kick start squadron-level innovation [with] a tactical edge,” he said.

Squadron commanders “know what their units need best to test, to experiment, to refine their best tactical ideas. This is about trusting and empowering commanders and your airmen because our nation relies on us to be incredibly innovative as we look to increase our lethality and our readiness in this increasingly contested world,” he said.

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