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Air Force Deploys Commercial IT Support to Eight Initial Bases

The U.S. Air Force launched a risk-reduction experiment to provide commercial information technology services to the branch's installations, officials said Thursday. Unisys was awarded a three-year, $76.3M contract in February to provide IT support to eight initial Air Force bases which may increase to 20 over time.

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Gen. Mike Holmes: Air Force Eyes T-X Trainer as Adversary, Light-Attack Aircraft

Gen. Mike Holmes, head of Air Combat Command, said the U.S. Air Force is considering if the T-X trainer aircraft can be acquired to meet the service's other requirements like performing light-attack missions or serving as an “aggressor” plane, Defense News reported Thursday. “You could imagine a version of the airframe that could be equipped as a light fighter. You can imagine a version that is equipped as an adversary air-training platform,” Holmes told reporters at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium Thursday.

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Air Force Tests New Autonomous Flight Test System

The U.S. Air Force 412th Test Wing performed a three-day flight trial for a new system designed to facilitate autonomous aircraft testing. The Testing of Autonomy in Complex Environments system, develop by Johns Hopkins University, establishes links between an aircraft on auto pilot and an artificial intelligence computer, the service branch said Thursday. The computer sends autonomous commands to the aircraft that TACE gathers status information from.

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Air Force Releases First Business Operations Plan

The U.S. Air Force released a two-year plan to improve the service branch’s business practices and internal operations, the branch said Monday. The first business operations plan will cover fiscal years 2019 through 2021 and provide a framework for synchronizing functions and organizational activities while also establishing lines of accountability.

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AFRL, Cornell University Establishing Center of Excellence With Semiconductor Focus

The Air Force Research Laboratory is working with Cornell University to launch a new center of excellence to foster studies on beta-gallium oxide. AFRL-Cornell Center for Epitaxial Solutions or ACCESS will study the material holding the potential to function as a semiconductor of greater performance than standard materials such as silicon and solar cells, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Monday.

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Mike Holmes: Boeing’s Fourth-Gen F-15X Could Help USAF Reduce Procurement Costs

Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of the Air Combat Command, said at an Air Force Association event in Florida that the service would reduce costs by acquiring fourth-generation aircraft like Boeing’s F-15X, National Defense reported Friday. Holmes noted that purchasing a mix of fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft would help the Air Force cut costs and reach its goal of procuring 72 new fighter jets annually.

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Air Force Combines Cyber, ISR Teams to Boost Operations Coordination

The U.S. Air Force has begun reorganizing to have cyber-focused personnel and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance teams in a single office to increase coordination of military operations. The service branch said on Friday that combining the functions of the staffs would break barriers and streamline oversight, policy and guidance in a range of operations.

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Air Force Eyes Next Month’s Release of B-52 Engine Replacement RFP

The U.S. Air Force plans to issue a request for proposals in March for a planned contract to replace the engines of the aging B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft, National Defense Magazine reported Thursday. The service aims to keep the B-52 operational through the 2050s by procuring 650 new engine systems that will replace the TF33 engines currently in use.

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Will Roper: Air Force Taking Steps to Accelerate Acquisition Process

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, said that the service has a four-step plan to streamline the acquisition process, USAF said Thursday. The Air Force will hold a pitch day on March 6 and 7 for small businesses and startups seeking to secure same-day contracts for their concepts and ideas.

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