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Air Force’s FY 2017 Acquisition Report Reviews 465 Programs of Record

Heather Wilson

The U.S. Air Force has released its fiscal 2017 acquisition report that assesses the service’s management of 465 programs of record and offers projections on those programs in fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2019.

The report showed that the service has saved more than $13 billion since 2011 through cost-reduction efforts and other ongoing programs, the Air Force said Tuesday.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said the service will work to “cost-effectively modernize” to build up the force’s lethality.

William Roper

Wilson wrote in the report that the military branch started several efforts in 2017 to help expedite the acquisition process and those include improved software acquisition, prototyping and streamlined approach to decision-making.

The Air Force has a total acquisition workforce of at least 51,000 employees, according to the report.

William Roper, assistant secretary for the Air Force’s acquisition technology and logistics, commended the acquisition workforce and its capability to sustain the service branch.

Wilson and Roper are both 2018 Wash100 recipients.

The report provided updates on several Air Force development programs such as the Lockheed Martin-built F-35A Lightning II aircraft, Long-Range Stand Off missile and Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent system.

The document noted that the service is on target to deploy F-35A Block 3F capabilities this year and expects the LRSO cruise missile to achieve initial operational capability in 2030.

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