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Will Roper Eyes Autonomous Capabilities for Air Force’s Future Tankers

Will Roper

Will Roper, assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics at the U.S. Air Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said a redesign of the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft’s remote vision system is driving the service to plan for the possible integration of autonomous or semi-autonomous capabilities into its next tanker, the Military website reported Thursday.

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Will Roper: Digital Engineering Can Drive New Capabilities for US Air Force

Will Roper

Will Roper, the U.S. Air Force’s acquisition head and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said during the Air Force Digital Campaign’s first virtual industry event that digital engineering can significantly drive the development of new capabilities. Gen. Arnold Bunch noted that the Digital Campaign initiative comes as part of efforts to align with the National Defense Strategy.

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USAF Concludes Holloman Air Force Base Test Track Modernization Project

Holloman AFB

The Test Resource Management Center modernized a high-speed test track at Holloman Air Force Base as part of efforts to enhance the track's efficiency. TRMC built an on-site laboratory to explore how the test track's artificial rain compares to various types of natural rainfall, the U.S. Air Force said Tuesday.'

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Gen. Charles Brown on Air Force Acquisition Reforms, Reducing Barriers for Small Businesses

Gen. Charles Brown

Gen. Charles Brown, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, has said he intends to work with small businesses and develop program incentives to help “break down barriers” in government contracting (GovCon). Brown noted that he considers expanding the use of Air Force procurement authorities to speed up the delivery of technologies by up to two years. 

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Air Force Conducts Construction Effort for KC-46A Aircraft Infrastructure

KC-46A

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) partnered with Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and the Army Corps of Engineers to facilitate a multi-phase construction program that aims to build the infrastructure for the KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling vehicle. AFCEC wrapped up building at McConnell Air Force Base in 2017. 

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Air Force Activates 867th Cyberspace Operations Group; Col. Jeffrey Phillips Quoted

Col. Jeffrey Phillips

The U.S. Air Force reorganized some units in order to form a new cyber group in support of U.S. Cyber Command in an effort to bring together cyber developers, operators and intelligence forces. The 867th cyberspace operations group at Fort Meade in Maryland will operate under the 67th cyberspace wing

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Air Force Security Forces Center Adopts New Resource Procurement Model

US Air Force

Air Force Security Forces Center (AFSFC) is using a new procurement model to purchase equipment and other items at accelerated rates. Air Force Installation Contracting Center developed the new model that employs subject matter experts to facilitate AFSFC's procurement of weapon accessories, non-lethal systems, protective gear and logistics detail equipment.

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Air Force Develops Prototype of Next-Gen Fighter Aircraft; Will Roper Quoted

Will Roper

The U.S. Air Force has built and flown a prototype of a new fighter aircraft using virtual tools as part of the Next Generation Air Dominance program. The report said the service developed a virtual prototype and a physical aircraft using data from the T-7 trainer and F-35 fighter jet programs under the NGAD program.

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Barbara Barrett Discusses Air Force ‘eSeries’ Weapons System Designator

Barbara Barrett

Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett announced Monday the service branch’s “eSeries” classification for digitally engineered weapons systems at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference, the service reported. Air Force officials said the digital eSeries acquisition program will help speed up the production of weapon systems. 

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Air Force Global Strike Command Stands up Innovation Center for Open Engagement

AF Global Strike Command

Air Force Global Strike Command is engaging with nontraditional innovators to establish a new hub for technology pursuits. The STRIKEWERX facility is open for engagement with small businesses, nontraditional inventors, universities and large companies in pursuit of innovation. STRIKEWERX stands outside Barksdale Air Force Base, strategically located near the command's headquarters.

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