Cohort 4 Coming Soon
AIM-HI Senior Leader Executive Session
Join Dr. Jeff DeGraff and the Kelly Johnson Innovation Center in a half-day senior leader innovation seminar to explore the operational impact of the innovation ecosystem. Challenged by emerging near-peer threats, AIM-HI is dedicated to expanding innovation partners across the DoD and industry. The evolution of the Guard as an agile component of the Air Force inspires rapid innovation of our talented ANG force to shape industry partnerships and military operations.
Innovation is a critical priority at all level of senior military leadership. As stated by Gen Brown (CSAF), “We need both innovative Airman and their supportive leaders to achieve ‘over, not through’ approaches for the 21st century. This takes innovative ethos, this takes courage and creativity-this takes you!”
The AIM HI program is an abbreviation for Academy • Industry • Military • Hybrid • Innovations. The program connects top shelf research universities, entrepreneurial companies, United States Air Force, and National Guard to develop creativity and innovation skills, facilitate problem solving, break barriers, anticipate the future, out-compete existing and new adversaries, and accelerate decision cycles.
How It Works
The AIM HI program focuses on creating the infrastructure and tools for collaboration of diverse entities to facilitate the rapid transfer of knowledge and technology to solve real problems faced by Airmen and Guardsmen everywhere.
Guided by the Innovatrium curriculum and certified coaches, diverse teams work through cycles of experiment, review, revise, and repeat to develop dynamic solutions.
Upon successful completion of their final pitch to their sponsors and senior leaders and academic requirements, they will become Certified Professional Innovators.
Sponsored by the Michigan National Guard and ARCWERX, the first AIM HI cohort consists of four diverse teams from Air National Guards, Army National Guards, Air Force ROTC, active duty Airmen, and Department of Homeland Security Officers from across the US. The teams collaborate to solve different issues from recruiting to advancing the “Accelerate change or lose” mindset. To learn more about each team, click the button below.
Interested in being a part of the next AIM HI Cohort?
The AIM HI’s mission is to democratize creativity and innovation, which means to develop creative members of the US military to build cohesive diverse teams that out-think, out-innovate, and out-compete anyone in the world. Developing a creative military means developing the essential four components of the US military:
Cohort 1 Teams
Team Higher Appeal:
As we seek to recruit and retain the best talent, how do we continue to make the National Guard an appealing career choice? Team Higher Appeal is reexamining how guardsmen can leverage a hybrid approach to in person, virtual, and asynchronous work habits as they modernize the “drill weekend.”
Team Blue Maze:
In response to “Accelerate change or lose,” units are seeking ways to harness the innovative power within their ranks. Team Blue Maze is imagining what an “innovation franchise” might do to deliver the culture, competency, and community tools that our service members need to perform at their peak.
Team Short Circuit:
Team Short Circuit is wrestling with a problem we have all faced: how do we get in touch with the person who has the information we need? By exploring creative ways to categorize and display organizational relationships and expertise, this team hopes to “short circuit” or accelerate the seek-and-find process.
Team Agile Warriors:
Covid has upended our work habits and unlocked the possibilities of remote work. Team Agile Warriors is exploring when and how to codify many of these new work arrangements to best serve the needs of the guard unit and guardsman alike.
The Innovation Code Teaser
Each of us learns in a unique way. Taking this assessment identifies what type of innovative leader you are. Remember, you can understand others, once you understand yourself. Please use "AIMHI" to register.
The ARCWERX is devoted to educating, connecting, and facilitating Guardsmen and Reservists to engage with a culture of innovation. Learn more about their mission by visiting their website.