As part of the second objective, reforming S&T management, the USAF will create a chief technical officer and office to manage science activities throughout the branch.
The third objective, expanding S&T enterprise, is likely to be of the most interest to tech-based economic development organizations. Part of this objective is focused on workforce development; USAF wants a pipeline of “technology-proficient” airmen and wants to implement training programs and authorities to cultivate efficiency and risk-taking among current personnel. The other part of this objective is to facilitate innovation partnerships, including encouraging joint research with academics and industry and expanding tech transfer opportunities.
Most of the activities spelled out in the plan are possible under USAF’s current authorities, but may take time to implement. Secretary Wilson has also announced her intention to resign on May 31. Obviously, the implementation of this strategy will be determined largely by her successor, who is currently unnamed.