Tag Archives: Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

Georgia Tech’s Research Arm Secures $92M Air Force Contract for Analysis Documentation Support

Georgia Tech

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a potential five-year, $92 million sole-source contract to a nonprofit research organization at Georgia Institute of Technology to procure analysis documentation services in support of government technology development and fielding efforts. Work in Atlanta, Georgia, is expected to be completed on June 3, 2026.

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AFRL Demonstrates Networked Weapon Operations With Small Diameter Bomb

F-16 with CSDB

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has met all three goals of a flight test that aimed to demonstrate networked, collaborative and autonomous weapons. Two F-16 aircraft deployed Collaborative Small Diameter Bombs (CSDB) on Tuesday at White Sands Missile Range, under the service branch's Golden Horde program, AFRL said Wednesday. 

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Lockheed, Air Force Start up F-16 Production Line to Support Foreign Allies; Col. Brian Pearson Quoted

F-16 Production

Lockheed Martin has opened a new production line for Block 70/72 of the F-16 aircraft to address the jet's growing demand from foreign military sales customers. The new production line will operate in partnership with the U.S. Air Force from Lockheed's existing site in Greenville, South Carolina, the service branch said Tuesday.

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DOD Unveils Plans for Hypersonics Modernization Through 2030’s

Hypersonic Weapons

The Department of Defense (DOD) has created a modernization strategy for hypersonics to update the nation’s strike missile arsenal. The strategy also entails deploying reusable hypersonic weapons for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions as well as strike operations and space access. The DOD seeks to implement a reusable weapon by the early 2030's. 

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Lt. Gen. Shaun Morris on AFLCMC’s Push for 5G, Digital Engineering Efforts

Lt. Gen. Shaun Morris

 Lt. Gen. Shaun Morris, commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), said in a recent address that the center has invested significantly in technologies like 5G to help promote efficiency across military bases. “As an Air Force, I think it is important to capitalize off what we’ve done and not lose sight of these investments,” said Morris.

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Northrop Grumman Completes First Flight for GSMP

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed the first flight for the Global Hawk Ground Station Modernization Program (GSMP). “New, modern ground stations for Global Hawk will significantly improve the system and allow operators to more efficiently deliver timely ISR data to warfighters and connect the joint force through its global communications node mission,” said Leslie Smith, vice president Global Hawk, Northrop Grumman.

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Air Force, Wichita State University to Develop Digital Twin for B-1 Aircraft Maintenance; Joseph Lay Quoted

B-1B Lancer

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has partnered with Wichita State University to create a virtual twin or a digital representation of the B-1B Lancer aircraft for maintenance purposes. The U.S. Air Force said Tuesday it would use the digital twin to forecast maintenance issues that may occur in B-1B units.

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Hon. Ellen Lord: Trusted Capital Marketplace Helps Safeguard Defense Supply Chain From Adversarial Capital

Hon. Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, wrote in a National Defense article published Sunday about the Trusted Capital Marketplace and how the public-private partnership helps bolster the defense supply chain and protects it from adversarial capital.

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AFLCMC Directorate Updates KC-135 Aircraft with Modernized Transponder Tech

KC-135 Aircraft

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's (AFLCMC) tanker directorate incorporated an updated transponder system designed to provide airspace visibility to air traffic control into the U.S. Air Force's KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft. The Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out system works to broadcast the location and position of an aircraft in real-time to provide aircrews with situational awareness capacities on nearby air vehicles, USAF said Tuesday.

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Maj. Gen. Shaun Morris Nominated as AFLCMC Commander

Shaun Morris

Maj. Gen. Shaun Morris, commander at  Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, has been nominated by President Trump to lead the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center as commander. Morris will receive the rank of lieutenant general upon the confirmation of the Senate, the Department of Defense (DoD) said Friday.

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