Students from the Air University’s Squadron Officer School have recommended potential solutions to the U.S. Air Force’s organizational challenges as part of the school’s redesigned SOS Think Tank elective program. The Air Force said Tuesday that students from the latest batch proposed the use of virtual assistants to train maintenance personnel in handling complex weapon systems and their components.
“We’re now much more selective for both the faculty and the students,” said Lt. Col. Jason Trew, dean of academic affairs at the Squadron Officer School. “Facilitators must have experience with design thinking, and students must be eager to play with wild ideas and do so as a team.”
Another proposal involved implementing artificial intelligence to simplify permanent-change-of-station notifications for service members. The SOS Think Tank elective, which has been in place since 2013, also allows select faculty members to enroll in innovation design courses including those under the Joint Special Operations University and Stanford University.