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Ellen Pawlikowski: Air Force, Industry Work to Contain Satellite, Aircraft Program Costs

Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski

The U.S. Air Force‘s top military acquisition official has launched a collaborative effort that allows the branch and industry to exchange cost-saving ideas for weapons development, Reuters reported Thursday.

Andrea Shalal writes Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski said the Air Force seeks to apply cost containment strategies used in military satellite programs to the service’s other technology projects.

“This is part of our ‘bend the cost curve’ initiative,” Pawlikowski told Reuters in a recent interview.

“We need to figure out how to continue to afford the systems that we need,” she added.

Reuters reports Pawlikowski will visit a Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Georgia, next week to discuss possible measures to drive down the cost of building C-130J transport jets.

She noted that Lockheed has been able to lower recent production costs for the Space-Based Infrared System and Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite platforms by more than 30 percent.

The branch also encourages industry partners to leverage computer-based prototype modeling and open architecture systems to make upgrade work on military equipment easier.

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