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Will Roper Unveils Guidance for U.S. Air Force ‘e-Series’ Digital Engineering Criteria

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Will Roper, assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has released a guidance to help program heads achieve an “e-Series” designation for digital engineering programs. According to Roper, the Air Force's Next Generation Air Dominance program met the criteria for e-Series programs and serves as an “e-Plane” effort 

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Will Roper Addresses U.S. Air Force Agile Development Into 2021

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Will Roper, the assistant secretary of acquisition, technology and logistics and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, recently discussed how the U.S. Air Force should leverage data, IT and agility to remain competitive against adversaries across the digital landscape. Roper noted that federal acquisition heads should bring deep technology expertise that extends to modern software development

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Will Roper: Prime Contractors Acquiring Smaller Companies Limit Industrial Base

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Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and three-time Wash100 Award recipient, said prime contractors' acquisition of middle-tier companies has shrunk the industrial base. The Department of Defense (DoD) now sees the industrial base as more generalized than specialized, as major contractors secure awards for almost every program.

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Will Roper: Next-Gen Aircraft to Utilize AI for Pilot Support

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Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and three-time Wash100 Award winner, said the service branch's future sixth-generation aircraft will feature an artificial intelligence co-pilot. The Next-Generation Air Dominance program will apply AI as a support platform for human pilots aboard the future aircraft.

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Air Force Advances Human-Machine Teaming With AI Algorithm Aboard U-2 Aircraft; Will Roper Quoted

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A U.S. Air Force pilot flew with an artificial intelligence aboard the Lockheed Martin-built U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft during a test flight held Tuesday, the service reported Wednesday. The AI algorithm, called ARTUu, was in charge of tactical navigation and sensor employment during a simulated missile strike as part of a reconnaissance mission.

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Will Roper: Air Force Should ‘Hack’ Federal Acquisition System

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Will Roper, assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics at the U.S. Air Force and a three-time Wash100 Award winner, said he believes the service must hack the federal procurement system to be relevant. Roper said he is working with financial management offices and the general counsel on a new memo . 

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Will Roper: Air Force Eyes 2021 Go-Live for ABMS C2 Platform

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Will Roper, the U.S. Air Force’s acquisition head and a three-time Wash100 Award recipient, has said the service plans to begin the live operations for the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) by 2021. “This will be something new, and something that’s new like ABMS probably needs a new construct for how we manage and execute,” said Roper.

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Bruce Jette, James Geurts, Will Roper Talk Post-Pandemic Changes in Military Ops

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Leaders from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force have said that their respective service branches need to implement changes in force operations, supply chain management and workforce settings following the COVID-19 pandemic. Wash100 Award winners James Geurts, Will Roper and Bruce Jette comment on recent changes and new initiatives. 

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

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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

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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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