What Happens In Vegas Stays in Vegas… Unless it’s New Technology

The Air Force opened its new innovation hub and startup center in Las Vegas Thursday with the goal to incubate a new approach to solving national security problems. Vice President Mike Pence (right) presided over the opening ceremony (Courtesy photo)


Vice President Mike Pence and Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson hailed the opening of the first of a new technology storefront, AFwerX, in Las Vegas yesterday, Jan 11.

Based on a model used by Special Operations Command, AFwerX opens Air Force doors to highly innovative problem solvers with small amounts of money in ways that strip out bureaucracy.

“If you have a good idea and want to pitch it to the Air Force, we’ll give you access,” Pence said at the event. “This program will focus on breaking down barriers. The best way to prevent conflict is to be prepared, and that really is what AFwerX is all about.”

AFwerX is located near the University of Nevada, so students and faculty, small businesses and entrepreneurs can connect easily to the Air Force. It features “open to the public” hours for individuals and groups to present ideas.

“We’re changing the way we do business with innovators,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said. “Bringing an AFwerX storefront to Vegas allows us to take advantage of Nevada’s emerging idea marketplace.”

This site will engage the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs to help the Air Force increase lethality at a lower cost, Wilson added.

“We have to move faster and be smarter,” she added. “We know there are people out there with answers to problems, with ideas and innovations, and we are going to look at what they have and help them help us.”