Office of Transformational Innovation (OTI)
The Engine of Innovation for Air Force Acquisitions
OTI’s mission is to identify and execute sweeping changes within Air Force acquisition processes to deliver better capability, faster and cheaper.
What We Do
OTI reports directly to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) to define, test, and implement paradigm-shifting concepts with the Air Force acquisition system. Working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, OTI formulates and demonstrates concepts for major changes to acquisition policies and practices. Looking beyond traditional acquisition reform efforts and continuous process improvement, OTI efforts aim to radically alter the status quo. Recognizing the tremendous challenge associated with affecting transformational change, OTI activities are executed with a “fail fast” model. Each activity is given no more than six-months to achieve a clear and compelling case that it will result in a significant improvement for the Air Force. Activities that fail to meet that threshold within six months are set aside in favor of new activities. Activities that demonstrate success are continued until implemented across the Air Force to the broadest scale possible.
OTI is also responsible for the Bending the Cost Curve (BTCC) Initiative, which is the Air Force’s signature acquisition reform effort. BTCC activities emphasize collaboration with industry, implementation of tangible actions, and achieving measurable results. Activities executed under BTCC are placed in one or more of the following three categories:
1. Improve internal Air Force acquisition processes;
2. Enhance interactions with industry throughout the acquisition lifecycle; and
3. Expand competition among traditional and non-traditional defense contractors.
In keeping with the OTI “fail fast” model, BTCC activities are implemented on six-month cycles with new activities incorporated in each cycle.