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Air Force Working on New Guidelines to Expand Personnel Promotions

The U.S. Air Force plans to implement a new promotion system to enable space, nuclear missiles and cybersecurity personnel to take on higher positions across the service, Space News reported Thursday. The promotion system will designate officers in the categories of air operations and special warfare, nuclear and missile operations, space operations, information warfare, combat support and force modernization. To date, only Air Force lawyers, chaplains and medical professional can compete for promotions within their categories. 

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USAF, University of Dayton Research Institute to Test C-130 Aircraft Sustainment Tech

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center and University of Dayton Research Institute will perform various technology demonstrations with a decommissioned C-130 aircraft. Eglin Air Force Base completed the transport aircraft's delivery to UDRI’s headquarters on Wednesday, Wright-Patterson AFB said the same day. UDRI and teams from AFLCMC will use the aircraft to test technologies designed to reduce C-130 sustainment costs. 

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Matthew Donovan Named Acting Air Force Secretary

Matthew Donovan, undersecretary of the U.S. Air Force, will serve as the service’s interim secretary, effective June 1, the Department of Defense said in a news release published Wednesday. He will assume the responsibilities of Air Force Secretary and 2019 Wash100 winner Heather Wilson, who will step down from her post to join the University of Texas at El Paso as president.

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Hanscom AFB Teams Build New Tools to Improve F-35 Maintenance

Software developers from Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts traveled to Nellis AFB in Nevada to introduce new apps to help airmen speed up maintenance of the service’s new F-35 Lightning II aircraft. Maintainers at Nellis AFB explored the new Autonomous Logistics Information System that tracks scheduled and unscheduled maintenance issues on specific aircraft and an entire fleet, the Air Force said Tuesday

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Army Secretary Mark Esper Urges Allies to Invest in Modern Warfare Tech

Mark Esper, secretary of the Army, said the U.S. is asking allies to boost investments in new defense-applied technologies including hypersonics, directed energy and artificial intelligence, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. He said these new technologies are needed to deter China and Russia from being on top of the power competition.

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Air Force Looks to Use Fast-Track ATO to Accelerate Cloud Migration

The U.S. Air Force expects the new streamlined process to secure the authorization to operate certification will allow the service to move up to 100 applications to the cloud in 2019, FCW reported Friday. Bill Marion, deputy chief information officer of Air Force, said the Fast-Track ATO pilot announced that it only takes six to 18 months to obtain a certification in March.

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Air Force Issues Data Services Reference Architecture Document

The U.S. Air Force released a document outlining the service’s approach to implement principles to provide airmen access to secure, visible, accessible, understandable, linked and trusted data using open data services technologies and architectural design patterns. The Data Services Reference Architecture was released as part of the Digital Air Force initiative, which seeks to harness the power of data to keep pace with adversaries, the service said Wednesday

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Navy, Marine Corps Planning to Acquire Boeing-Developed T-X Trainer Aircraft

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are planning to acquire T-X trainer aircraft to replace the T-45 Goshawk trainer and F-5 simulator currently deployed by both service branches, Defense News reported Tuesday. A Boeing-Saab team secured a potential $9.2 billion contract to produce a maximum of 475 T-X aircraft and 120 simulators for the U.S. Air Force in 2018.

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Navy’s Future Fighter Jet Won’t Be a Joint Development Program With Air Force

Angie Knappenberger, a U.S. Navy official, said the service will not team with the U.S. Air Force to develop its next fighter aircraft, Defense One reported Monday. “I don’t necessarily foresee an exact sort of repeat of F-35 in a single solution set.” Knappenberger, deputy director of air warfare at the Navy, said Monday at the Navy League’s Sea Air Space conference in Maryland.

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AFRL Demonstrates Aircraft-Mounted Lasers Against Missiles

Air Force Research Laboratory demonstrated the use of a new high energy laser weapon against multiple targets during a test at White Sands Missile Range. The test unit of the Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator shot down multiple missiles on April 23, marking a new milestone for the technology's development, the U.S. Air Force said Friday.

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