Air Force Establishes New Strategic Development Planning & Execution Office

The U.S. Air Force has unveiled a new office with responsibility over strategic development functions in support of the military branch’s development planning and experimentations initiatives.

The Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Execution Office will work to aid senior-level decision makers in efforts to build on agility and structure strategies through development planning and testing efforts, the military branch said Monday.

The office will also conduct live exercises, experiments, wargaming, modeling and simulations and virtual/hardware prototyping to help address potential warfighting needs with the use of existing platforms, concepts and emerging technologies.

Jack Blackhurst, director of the new office, said the branch aims to encourage closer relationships between the operational, science and technology, acquisition and requirement communities.

Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of the Air Force Materiel Command, said the Air Force Research Laboratory will help provide air, space and cyber multi-domain support to the office.

She added the Air Force’s development planning efforts aim to connect operational warfighters and doctrine professionals with the acquisition and technology communities.

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