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Col. John Maykish (standing,) 609th Air Operations Center commander, facilitates a brainstorming session on the future of the Combined Air Operations Center, during AFCENT’s second annual innovation summit, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, March 8, 2018. The summit brought military and academic minds together to brainstorm warfighting challenges in the digital age and assess progress made in collaboration between the Defense Innovation  Experimental Unit and the CAOC. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Parkinson) AFCENT innovation summit fuels thoughtful debate on future Air Force and DoD operations
U.S. Air Forces Central Command hosted its second annual innovation summit, March 8-9, bringing military and academic minds together to brainstorm warfighting challenges and assess progress made in collaboration between the Defense Innovation Experimental Unit and the Combined Air Operations Center.The innovation summit brought together leaders and
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Capt. Bryon Kroger, left, and 1st Lt. Carlo Viray, right, review combat applications in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Aug. 13, 2017. The officers, who are part of the Air Force’s Air Operations Center Pathfinder acquisition program run out of Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, work with coders in an open workspace environment with civilians who train them on the techniques used by Silicon Valley’s best software programmers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rick Berry) Airmen code for combat in Cambridge
Kroger’s team is working with a company called Pivotal Labs, which provides people and space to teach Airmen how to code like the workers in Silicon Valley, but for the Department of Defense. Open workspaces found in Cambridge contrast with traditional government workspaces on base with closed cubicles and offices. Their mission is to learn from today’s best tech experts, while delivering custom-built software to warfighters. They are already saving the Air Force fuel, and they have reduced the time it takes AOC warfighters to develop targets by 85 percent, making combat operations more precise and lethal.
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Senior Airman Erik Tatro, left, a programmer with the 595th Strategic Communications Squadron (SCS), and Senior Airman Gregory Salopek, also a programmer with the 595th SCS, sit at a computer in the 595th SCS offices at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, January 12, 2018. Both Airmen participated in a DOD-Silicon Valley partnership in San Francisco in 2017, helping to create a program that would increase the efficiency of the aerial refueling scheduling process. 595th SCS Airmen participate in DOD-Silicon Valley partnership
Picture a room. There are four pilots in flight suits, busy at work – one scribbling on a white board, two moving magnetic pucks around next to the scribbles and the last drawing out equations on graph paper. The room, located in the Combined Air operations Center at Al Udeid, Qatar, is tense. They’ve been at work for hours, and they have hours
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