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Acquisition Reforms Now Helping Air Force Save Budget, Time for Modernization

A top U.S. Air Force official has said the service is already benefiting from the acquisition reforms approved by Congress, particularly in its programs to get new jet trainers, helicopters and satellite systems, National Defense Magazine reported Wednesday.

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said the service recently saved $13B in the acquisition process for new T-X jet trainers, a UH-1N Huey helicopter replacement and a GPS III satellite. 

“With recent authorities that Congress gave us… we have been able to save a substantial sum of money," he said at a recent Air Force Association event in Arlington, Va. 

The service also expects the new buying authorities to cut the time to buy the aircraft and satellite by 62 years. 

“We are focused on how do we bring capability to the warfighter faster and smarter,” Wilson said.

Meanwhile, Air Force officials are preparing a report on electronic warfare for senior leaders as part of its modernization efforts. The service plans to release the report in January, according to Wilson.

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