Out of the Box

Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II assembly line in Fort Worth, Texas. (source: DoD Live)

Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II assembly line in Fort Worth, Texas. (source: DoD Live)

January 22, 2019 | Source: DoD Live, airman.dodlive.mil, Andrew Arthur Breese, 26 November 2018

Air Force embraces “failing to succeed” over “succeeding to fail.” Dr. Richard Joseph, chief scientist of the Air Force, believes “failures have their seeds planted in success.”


Bureaucracies within the Air Force perpetuate what works. Yet, they often cling to ideas, systems or methods beyond the point of effectiveness – producing failure from that success.

They also tend to eliminate ideas and people that challenge the existing paradigm in order to protect what has worked in the past.

Now, the Air Force is identifying “out of the box” thinkers and removing them from a bureaucracy consumed by self-perpetuating tasks, to pursue game-changing ideas and technology.

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