Air University’s Innovation Accelerator

Our Vision

Increase AU’s contribution to National Security objectives by taking ideas
“one step beyond.”

Our Mission

Activate and prototype AU ideas through teaching, research, engagements, community partners, and a whole-of-nation approach

Speed, Innovation, Culture

“We have the greatest Airmen and best defense and tech industry in the world. We must work to accomplish what seems impossible and rise to the challenges of today to prepare for tomorrow. But we still have work to do and we must collaborate and hold each other accountable … We have the opportunity, but not the time. We must accelerate change to leave our mark and make the impossible possible.”

General CQ Brown, Jr.

Innovate, Accelerate, Thrive

“We must adapt to and become proficient at operating in these diverse and dynamic environments…Wartime cannot be the first time Airmen feel empowered or know how to solve the problems they encounter.”

General David W. Allvin

Rebalanced Mission, Vision Focus

“AETC has the potential to be, and should be, ground-zero for accelerating change across the United States Air Force…that means modernizing, transforming and codifying the equipment, systems, architectures, training and strategies foundational to training and developing every Airman.”

Lt General Brian Robinson


“Part of our challenge is connecting with the population out there…we have been a little bit disconnected. A diverse range of perspectives and experiences can lead to more innovative solutions and better decision making which can have a positive impact on the local community and economy. But this is one place where we need as broad diversity of experiences and viewpoints as anywhere. This is where we need people who are willing to challenge the status quo and stretch our brains and make us a little bit uncomfortable. If we can do it here, we’re going to do it.”

Lt General Andrea Tullos

How AUiX Accomplishes its Mission


AUiX takes your ideas one step beyond

Nearly 200,000 students graduate from Air University each year. Imagine taking just 1% of student research ideas “one step beyond” …

One Step Beyond

What does that mean? AUiX accelerates innovation by taking an idea or research, linking it to strategy, obtaining sponsorship, developing a funding/contracting solution, and connecting the idea holder to the right industry, academia, or government partners towards obtaining traction.


How Do We Get Traction

We teach innovation.

See Courses

We conduct and assist with research.

See Our Projects

We engage the community.

See Conferences and Events


Getting your ideas out into the innovation ecosystem

We break through barriers that prevent our Airmen from innovating. AUiX focuses on the hard parts (e.g., funding, contracting, networking, etc.) so Airmen can focus on the idea.


Why Speed Matters

Speed is a strategic advantage in innovation. Speed is the duration (measured in days/weeks/months) a project takes from induction into the AUiX innovation system to milestone-type events and/or capability delivery.

In 2022, AUiX took an average of 1.25 months to go from Idea to Requirement, and 2.8 months to go from Requirement to Contract. That’s roughly 4 months from Idea to Project Initiation. This is fast…but it could be even faster. Imagine the impact if it only took two months from idea generation to prototype.

CSAF is challenging Airmen to “Accelerate change or lose”. The question is, will we win?

AUiX Projects

Our currrent portfolio showcases innovative solutions, from designing cutting-edge education experiences for the next generation of innovators, to improving readiness with human performance and gaming apps, to coordinating hardware prototypes for ACE environments.

Project Krayt

The prototype enables mission tasking of deployed forces in remote/austere locations, and status reporting to command and control nodes while also receiving the latest threat and targeting intelligence.

Project Praxeum

Praxeum offers opportunities to leverage stakeholder diversity and capture holistic learning requirements and discover innovative and relevant ways of learning through collaboration.


An AI backed Comprehensive Human Performance Center of Excellence App that enables Airmen, Guardians + Commanders to easily access evidence-based, comprehensive HP content, coaching, community + analytic tools designed to sustain resilience + readiness as they compete, deter and win.

Ledx Conference

The conference introduces the topic of social innovation as well as connects the local Montgomery community leaders with AU’s academic professors and military leadership.

Project DAWG

Open innovation tournament for diverse college student groups from top universities to use game technology to assess and develop the fundamental competencies of airmen.

Project BESCAR

AUiX Innovative Contracting System: Increases SPEED and Innovation throughput.

AR/VR Education

Integrating AR/VR technology in the classroom provides interactive and immersive learning experiences. This leads to increased exposure to emerging technologies, enhanced engagement with educational content, and development of critical thinking skills.


Innovation Research Task Force (iRTF) employs AU students, faculty and staff to address issues of importance in areas related to the education and training of innovators.


The CAP STEM Kit program elevates STEM awareness and opportunities towards building a more capable future workforce.

Blue Horizons

Blue Horizons is an Air Force Chief of Staff-chartered fellowship hosted by the Center for Strategy and Technology at Maxwell AFB.

Project Mercury

Project Mercury helps foster innovation readiness that our nation and strategic partners need in order to maintain free and vibrant societies.


Providing PME students access to senior-leader sponsored research questions, problems, and requirements.


Comparison of indices allows for innovation measurements amongst great power competitors allowing for strategic/recoursing decisions.


Heavy Utility Lift Kit: MHE built for the ACE environment, able to effectively on/off-load necessary cargo at adaptive bases.

Our Network

AUiX values interconnectivity with academia, military, and industry for driving research and innovation. Our collaboration with other world-renowned academic institutions, government entities and industry partners creates a rich and diverse network of experts, allowing for the exchange of ideas and knowledge. This dynamic community fosters an environment of creative thinking and problem-solving, leading to breakthrough advancements and a greater understanding of our field. By building a community of collaboration and intellectual exchange, AUiX helps accelerate change.

Innovation Education

AU Students

Innovation at Air University:

USAF Outside Of AU

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DOD Opportunities

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Rhizome Innovation Network (RIN)

The Rhizome Innovation Network (RIN) is a community of like-minded individuals who share a passion for innovation, education, and creativity. The RIN aims to bring together thought leaders from military, academia, government, and industries to collaborate, share ideas, and drive progress. The network fosters a culture of openness and collaboration, providing a platform for members to exchange ideas and work together on innovation projects that can have a meaningful impact on the world. With a wide range of events, resources, and opportunities for connection, this network offers a dynamic and supportive environment for those looking to grow and make a difference.

Ledx Conference

Air University’s Innovation Accelerator (AUiX) invites you to the world-class educational experience of the highly anticipated LEDx Strategy (Leadership Educational Development eXperience: Strategy) conference on Wednesday, 18 OCT 2023.

AUiX: IGNITE Talk, Montgomery

Everyone has an origin story, so does AUiX. IGNITE’s moto is “Enlight us but make it quick.” An Ignite presentation is exactly 5 minutes with 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds!