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Think Tank


"How should we integrate design thinking into the Air Force in general and Air University specifically?" Choose one and explain your answer in 500 words or less.

Submit to CANVAS under "Start Here", "Think Tank"  NLT 1300, ED-3 (Wed 12 Sept)


  • YOUR chance to analyze a major USAF issue and present YOUR solutions to senior leaders
  • An opportunity to collaborate with key Air Force and civilian institutions
  • Previous Think Tanks have briefed their findings up to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff level
  • A competitively-selected, six and a half week elective
  • Requires approximately 50-80 hours beyond the normal SOS curriculum
  • Your final product could be published
  • Application instructions will be provided upon arrival

25 Chennault Circle
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112


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Welcome to the Class of 19A. Today begins the six and a half weeks for these Captains, Reservists, Civilians, and International Officers. They will be challenged in areas of leadership, communication, ethics, and joint warfare. Good luck students.
Class of 18E thank you for contributing 93 units of blood to the Armed Services Blood Program and 86 units to the American Red Cross as well as 78 registered bone marrow donors to the C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program. Class 18E had International Officers that attended from Bahrain, Chile, Czech Republic, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Korea (South), Lebanon, Lithuania, Nigeria, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Tunisia, and Uganda. Good luck in your future endeavors 18E. Here is a look at the past six and a half weeks:

Welcome to the Class of 19A.
Congratulations to the class of 18E. Today marked the completion of six and a half weeks of learning.
Today marks the graduation of the Class of 18D. They survived challenges across Leadership , Team Building , Ethics, and Joint Warfare. Then now have friendships, knowledge, and an impact that will last a lifetime. Here is a look at some of these events that took place from the student’s perspective over the past six and a half weeks.

Congratulations to the Class of 18D and good luck in your future endeavors. Welcome to 18E.
Congratulations to the Class of 18C. It was a most eventful class with many accomplishments including 84 hours of community service, 139 pints of blood, and $200 in cash for local charities. Below is the graduation video for the 680 students and 50 flights that made up 18C. May your friendships forged here last a lifetime. Https://
Welcome to the Class of 18D as they enter today scheduled to begin tomorrow. You will face challenges through Joint Warfare, Ethics, Team Building, Leadership, and experientials. Good luck as you form lasting bonds with your fellow classmates.
Welcome to the Class of 18C coming to Maxwell AFB to begin Monday. Great beginning to the new year. Good luck students.
Congratulations to the Class of 18B who graduated 663 students across 48 flights of Air Force officers, Department of Defense civilians, and International Officers. There were 29 International Officers from sixteen different countries. This class donated 225 hours and $490. Here is a look at the six and a half weeks for 18B and best wishes in the future.
Former SOS instructor, member of Academic Affairs, and Redpant performed the flyover for Auburn's homecoming. Great job Emily Joy!
Congratulations to the Class of 18A who graduated 591 students in 43 flights. This class donated 195 hours of community service. Here is their video showing the events over their six and a half weeks. HTTPS://
Our own Commandant spoke quite eloquently explaining the continuum of learning.
TLP 1 complete. Way to go to those that succeeded.
Capt. "JAG" Garris was featured speaking about Air University and Squadron Officer College. Class of 18A you will be the first to experience the new curriculum. Welcome!
Congratulations to the Class of 17F on graduating today. This class had 553 students in 41 flights. They also had 22 International Officers from 16 countries. The class donated 175 hours and $1650. Way to go 17F and may your time at SOS leave you better prepared to be the future leaders of the Air Force. Here is a look at the five weeks for the 17F class: Good luck as we bid you safe travels to your home station.
Great job 17F on Commandant's Challenge today. Beautiful morning for it.
SOS Class 17F you are invited to observe a time honored tradition of International Officers vs SOC Faculty in a soccer match. The game is this Thursday, May 4th at 0630. It will be held by the Maxwell Youth Fields on Maxwell Blvd. across from the T-38. Come out and feel free to cheer and heckle.
Students of 17F endured physical and mental challenges today at Project X.