Tag Archives: Air Force

GAO: DOD Must Work on Including Weapons Cybersecurity Requirements in Contracts

Cybersecurity

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report stating that the Department of Defense (DOD) must issue guidance on how to incorporate cybersecurity requirements for weapon systems into contracts. The watchdog noted that a DOD official has reported a need for the department to standardize its requirements for cybersecurity and improve how it communicates such requirements.

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Kristen Baldwin on How Air Force Advances Digital Engineering

Kristen Baldwin

Kristen Baldwin, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for science, technology and engineering, said the service is applying digital engineering to speed up the development of new platforms and an example of that is the T-7A trainer aircraft. Baldwin said the Air Force is working with industry and pursuing efforts to develop a “digital stack of models and infrastructure.

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USAF Space Command Releases RFI to Drive 5G Wireless Connectivity in Space

5G Wireless Connectivity

The U.S. Air Force’s Space Command has issued a request for information (RFI) for space 5G to improve data transportation for ground and space-based communications. With the space-based transport layers of the next-generation network, the military has the potential to expand its ability to move data, communicate and support enterprise networks with more bandwidth. 

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Dr. Will Roper, Former USAF Executive, Joins Volansi Board of Directors

Dr. Will Roper

Volansi has appointed Dr. Will Roper, the former assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, to its Board of Directors, where he will help drive the company’s strategy, operations and growth in defense markets. “Dr. Will Roper joins Volansi’s board with a reputation as a transformative, forward-looking leader,” said Volansi CEO and co-Founder Hannan Parvizian

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Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner Takes Helm Over DISA, DOD Information Network

Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner

Vice Adm. Nancy Norton has turned over her leadership over the Department of Defense Information Network and the Defense Information Systems Agency to Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner. Skinner is now DISA director and commander of Joint Force Headquarters – DODIN, following a turnover ceremony that took place Friday at Fort George G. Meade, DISA said the same day.

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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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Gen. Charles Brown: Air Force’s New ISR Strategy Includes Reaper Drones

Gen. Charles Brown

Gen. Charles "CQ" Brown, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, said the service is now preparing to brief congressional members on a new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance strategy that includes the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper drone. “I will tell you right now, the MQ-9 is still a very popular platform with the Combatant Commanders,” he said.

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Alion Wins $89M USAF Task Order to Support Warfighting Integration Capability; Alan Dietrich Quoted

Alan Dietrich

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Alion Science and Technology a five-year, $89 million task order to provide advanced analysis and engineering, as well as research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) with technology insertion for the Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability (AFWIC). Alion will provide RDT&E of emerging technologies, examine cross-domain and multi-domain techniques and develop innovative technical solutions

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Air Force Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach Calls for Rapid Procurement of E-7 Wedgetail Aircraft

Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach

Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, commander of Pacific Air Forces, said the U.S. Air Force should push for the rapid procurement of the Boeing-built E-7 Wedgetail airborne early warning and control aircraft to replace the service’s aging E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system fleet and meet the demand for such capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region. 

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GSA to Re-award $5.5B Second Generation IT BPAs; Sonny Hashmi Quoted

Sonny Hashmi

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will re-award its 2nd Generation Information Technology (2GIT) Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs), which have an estimated value of $5.5 billion over five years. The BPAs will be available for use by all agencies across the federal government. The 2GIT solution will deliver a reliable, flexible, fast and efficient way to procure best-value solutions for complex IT hardware requirements.

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