As the innovation arm of the Department of the Air Force and powered by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFWERX brings cutting edge American ingenuity from small businesses and start-ups to address the most pressing challenges of the DAF.
The four core arms of AFWERX – AFVentures, Spark, Prime and SpaceWERX – serve to expand the defense industrial base for advanced technologies, empower Airmen and Guardian talent, and drive faster technology transition to operational capability.
AFWERX teams internationally across academia, industry and government to develop technology, expand talent and transition dual-use capabilities.
Mission: AFWERX accelerates agile and affordable capability transitions by teaming leaders in innovative technology with Airman and Guardian talent.
Mantra: Unleashing American Ingenuity
Vision: Forge an innovation ecosystem that delivers disruptive Air & Space capabilities.
Col Elliott J. Leigh is the Director of AFWERX and the Chief Commercialization Officer for the Department of the Air Force. He leads the strategy and execution of approximately $1.3 billion per year across the Air Force and Space Force through AFVentures, Spark, Prime, SpaceWERX, the Small Business Innovation Research, and the Small Business Technology Transfer programs.
AFWERX IS AN INNOVATION ARM OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
AFWERX accelerates agile and affordable capability transitions by teaming innovative technology developers with Airmen and Guardian talent.