Rapid Sustainment Office

The RSO increases mission readiness by rapidly identifying, applying and scaling technology essential to the operation and sustainment of the U.S. Air Force.Learn More

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Advanced Manufacturing Olympics

The RSO is hosting the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Olympics (AMO), a state-of-the-art virtual conference from October 20-23, 2020, to bring together experts across government, industry, academia and small businesses. Join us at this free, virtual gathering for four days of unforgettable technical experiences, cutting-edge speakers, virtual peer networking and more. Registration is now open!

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Washington Post

3-D Printing is About to Save the Military Billions of Dollars

Advanced manufacturing plays a critical role in improving the Air Force sustainment process. Currently, we’re already forecasting billions in savings, new initiatives, such as certifying printers instead of the end-state product, which will allow us to supply even more out-of-stock parts, writes Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Read more from his Washington Post op-ed about the future of advanced manufacturing in the Air Force. 

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Hear from Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr. on the mission, purpose and overarching questions behind AMO 2020

Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, discusses what to expect at this first-of-its-kind event – from our technical challenges, designed to solve Air Force challenges, to the innovation workspace where the entire advanced manufacturing community can come together to talk about rapidly advancing technology for the sustainment of the Air Force. This October, join us at this free virtual event for four days of unforgettable technical experiences, cutting-edge speakers, virtual peer networking and more.

"Part of what we’re looking for is how to rapidly bring this cutting-edge technology in so that we're always utilizing and capitalizing on the advancement."

Our Process

Our approach is a three-step process with distinct but overlapping phases to ensure potential new solutions are prototyped and tested quickly, and optimized for success at scale. The RSO is focused on a set of six core technology areas where emerging and commercial technology solutions have outsized impact on increasing readiness and decreasing costs.

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    Identify, assess and develop mature, new and emerging technologies from across the public and private sectors.

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    Prototype, validate and verify the utility of a solution in an Air Force environment.

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    Deploy technology or processes across the Air Force enterprise that successfully demonstrate the ability to decrease cost and/or increase readiness.

Focus Areas

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    Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

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    Advanced Manufacturing

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    Automation & Robotics

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    Data & Digital Environments

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    Augmented & Virtual Reality

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    Rapid & Austere Maintenance Environments

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