Contracting Focus Day

11:00 am - 12:10 pm Registration & Networking

Boeing and Saab’s submission for the T-X Fast-Jet Trainer program was selected in 2018 to become the US Air Force’s new training aircraft. Now designated the T-7A Red Hawk, the Air Force has ordered 351 T-7A aircraft, 46 simulators and associated ground equipment to be delivered and installed, replacing Air Education and Training Command’s 57-year-old fleet of T-38C Talons. This next-gen aircraft training platform is a major milestone, and this session will focus on the latest developments and challenges for integrating it into the USAF training fleet by 2023. 

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Colonel David Drichta

Deputy Director, Plans, Programs and Requirements
Air Education and Training Command, USAF

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Innovation in Contracting – OTAs, Squadron Innovation Funds and Other Effective Acquisition Strategies

Major Kinsley Jordan - Chief of Innovation, 71st Training Wing, Air Education and Training Command, USAF

The USAF has been involved in a number of different approaches for acquisition, including the use of “squadron innovation funds” that allow for greater flexibility among procurement leaders. How can such programs, along with other contracting approaches such as OTA, be used to better simplify acquisition? 

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Major Kinsley Jordan

Chief of Innovation, 71st Training Wing
Air Education and Training Command, USAF

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Break

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm AFWERX – Innovation Spark Cells and US Military Collaboration

Lieutenant Colonel Eric Frahm - Chief Product Officer, Air Education and Training Command, USAF

AFWERX is working to be a catalyst across the aviation industry and the military and create opportunities for collaboration. This session will look at AFWERX’s Spark program, a grassroots innovation program that empowers Airmen to bring tomorrow’s tools. This panel will bring together AFWERX leaders as well as US military personnel to focus on their successes and recommendations for greater efficiency, cost-savings and technology developments to better serve pilot training.

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Lieutenant Colonel Eric Frahm

Chief Product Officer
Air Education and Training Command, USAF

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Developing Army Aviation Training & Doctrine to Meet the Aviation Combined Arms Training Strategy

Colonel George G. Ferido - Director, Training and Doctrine, US Army Aviation Center of Excellence

The US Army Aviation Center of Excellence is the United Sates Army Aviation Branch’s training and development center, with the overall goal of training Military, civilian, and international personnel in leadership skills and integrates aviation warfighting doctrine to meet the requirements of the frontline. This session will detail Army Aviation’s efforts to revamp training and doctrine to bolster the development of next-generation Army Airmen.

 

- Necessary next steps to improve Army Aviation training competencies

- Efforts to leverage virtual reality and simulation technologies

- Initiatives to bolster pilot retention of operational skill sets

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Colonel George G. Ferido

Director, Training and Doctrine
US Army Aviation Center of Excellence

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Networking Break

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Streamlining Pilot Training With Artificial Intelligence Feedback

Major Steve "Tiger" Briones - Deputy Director of Innovation, 19th Air Force, USAF

The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) has been participating in development of new pilot flight scheduling approaches that use AI feedback. This session will focus on how such programs can help the military better execute flight training to become more streamlined and efficient in its use of equipment and aircraft. 

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Major Steve "Tiger" Briones

Deputy Director of Innovation
19th Air Force, USAF

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Rotary Flight Training Focus – Adaptation for Future Vertical Lift

The arrival of the latest advancements in rotary aircraft capabilities presents a whole slew of challenges for training. This session will look at how the various team members involved across the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programs are approaching training needs early on the development of the USA’s latest helicopters.