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NEWS | Nov. 16, 2022

Registration open through Dec. 17 for AllSpark’s ‘Design Warfare’ course - Powered by AFWERX

By Dan Hawkins Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs

Motivated, open-minded Airmen looking for the knowledge and experience to be an installation-level innovation leader are encouraged to register for the in-person ‘Design Warfare’ course that runs here Jan. 23 through Feb. 17, 2023.

Using a design thinking curriculum, course organizers are looking for 15-20 Airmen, as well as individuals from other government organizations, to teach how to be intrapreneurs within their installations.

“Changing the Air Force's culture has to be a deliberate effort at every level and requires a network of empowered, motivated Airmen to actualize innovative ideas, processes and changes,” said Tech. Sgt. Brandon Eastman, the instructor element non-commissioned officer in charge from the 372nd Training Squadron’s Detachment 220 at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. “Just like an entrepreneur founding a small business, intrapreneurs must be able to make thoroughly researched end user centric decisions. Design Warfare combines design thinking, Spark Cell operations, and project-based learning with problem curation. Using the skills they learn during the class, participants then act as catalysts to propagate the culture back at their home installations.”

One goal of the course is to begin planting the seed of innovation culture across installations, including how not to accept the ‘status quo’ of how things are done.

“Attendees will seek more efficient and imaginative approaches to Air Force problems that can help deliver capabilities required to quickly and effectively operate in a contested environment,” Eastman said. “This thought process directly aligns with Air Force Chief of Staff) Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr.’s ‘Accelerate Change or Lose’ mindset.”

Applications for cohort 23-1 are being accepted. Design Warfare is a no-rank course; all ranks are welcome. Highly motivated students may be asked to become mentors for future cohorts hosted at their own bases.

Nominated students should have an innate ability to challenge the status quo, can be empowered to make change, and will be at their wing for the foreseeable future. While in the course, students should be fully dedicated to the process to allow sole focus to Design Warfare academics and Spark Cell responsibilities. 

Anyone interested should apply through the Eventbrite link: For questions, contact the AETC/A9A at

Once the application is completed, the applicant will receive additional information from the Design Warfare team. Final selections will be made on or about Dec. 16, 2022.