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  • Optimize aviation fuel? The Air Force wants your ideas

    In partnership with AFWERX, Air Force Operational Energy has launched an Airmen Powered by Innovation Challenge to solicit ideas on how to optimize aviation fuel for the Air Force, enabling greater combat capability, range, and more efficient operations. The challenge is open to Airmen of all ranks and occupations and is accepting submissions on a rolling basis.
  • Air Force Chief Data Office Announces First Datathon

    The Department of the Air Force (DAF) Chief Data Office (SAF/CO) unveiled plans to host a series of Datathons—events aimed at solving critical DAF challenges by using data. For the first Datathon, SAF/CO is teaming with AFWERX and the USAF-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Accelerator to focus on C-17 aircrew scheduling optimization. The team is working with C-17 crew members based at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
  • Rapidly deployed digital tool advances energy in wargaming effort

    In a shortened timeline of 12 weeks, engineers from OSD's Cost Assessment and Evaluation Program (CAPE) augmented the modeling and simulation tool SWIFT (Standard Wargame Integration Facilitation Toolkit) to play the first joint wargame focused solely on energy and fuel logistics, the Joint Forces Energy Wargame (JFEW). The tool enabled deeper analysis and after-action reporting, which helped to identify critical energy challenges for the Air Force and Joint Operations.
  • Vertical wiper blades reduce aircraft drag, tests show

    Aerodynamics testing on the KC-135 Stratotanker confirmed vertically mounted wiper blades reduce aircraft drag by approximately 1 percent during cruise conditions, potentially saving the Air Force $7 million annually in associated fuel costs.(Photo: U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and Southwest Research Institute)
  • Energy Action Month: AF Academy cadets optimize the future

    With Energy Action Month in full swing, cadets at the Air Force Academy are taking the initiative to learn how energy impacts the mission, and what Airmen can do to improve combat capability through optimized operations. Every October, the Air Force recognizes the national campaign as a way to highlight the importance energy plays in daily operations, and showcases ways to build an energy-smart force through innovative technologies, policies, best practices and data solutions.
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