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Deborah Lee James: Air Force Sets Up New Digital Service

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has said the service branch has started to establish a new digital service that will work to build up software capability into new programs, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

James told attendees of an Air Force Association event in Virginia the Air Force Digital Service will also troubleshoot the military branch’s current programs that have software-related difficulties.

Scott Maucione writes the service branch’s digital service will operate under the Defense Digital Service, a Defense Department component that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter created in order to recruit technology professionals for short-term assignments to address information technology problems at DoD.

The Air Force will recruit a team of approximately 10 employees in the next few months for the digital service unit that will initially focus on the OCX program, the service branch’s next-generation operational control platform for GPS satellites, according to a report by Sean D. Carberry for FCW.

James noted that the military branch will add an additional 3,000 personnel to the Air National Guard by 2019 as part of efforts to increase the cyber workforce, the report added.

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