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    RSO provides a path to scale innovation

    AFLCMC Leadership Log Podcast Episode 77: RSO provides a path to scale innovation

    Photo By James Varhegyi | The Rapid Sustainment Office was established just 4 years ago with the charge to...... read more read more

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OH, UNITED STATES

    04.07.2022

    Story by Daryl Mayer 

    Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

    The Rapid Sustainment Office was established just 4 years ago with the charge to create a pathway for innovative ideas to impact the sustainment enterprise and dramatically improve Air Force readiness.

    When Rodney Stevens came on board as Deputy Program Executive Officer some 6 months ago, he found an organization just hitting its stride.

    "We've taken this technology management pipeline and organized a Life Cycle Management Center organization around it that allows us to identify the best of breed technologies, to be responsive to customer needs, to continue product delivery and to avoid the proverbial "Valley of Death," Stevens said.

    The RSO focuses on six technology areas: Advanced Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Data, and Digital Environments, Automation and Robotics, and Rapid and Austere Maintenance Environments. Teams in each of these areas look to the other services, industry and academia to leverage mature, new, emerging, and disruptive technologies to improve readiness.

    "There are a lot of players going after innovation and that's a good thing. We want the Airmen of our Air Force to be innovators and to identify opportunities for innovation. We want our small businesses, academia, and other services to identify ways to get after the problems we're facing on a day-to-day basis," Stevens said.

    The challenge, he added, is keeping everyone moving to the same objective.

    "Just having those necessary touchpoints [between organizations] and then going through with horsepower to ensure we're all aligned and trying to achieve the end state. That is to provide technology for the maintainer so that we can get after the mission readiness challenges that we're faced with," Stevens said.

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    Date Taken: 04.07.2022
    Date Posted: 04.07.2022 17:17
    Story ID: 418081
    Location: WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OH, US 

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