Tag Archives: Department of the Air Force

Report: Department of the Air Force to Realign Space Policy Development

Space Policy Development

The Department of the Air Force will shift responsibility for initial space policy development from civilian officials to the military chain of command within the office of the Space Force chief as part of a realignment effort. Air Force officials noted that the civilian chain of command will continue to have decision-making authority over space policy.

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Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall Details Reorg Plans for Space Development Agency, Acquisition Office

Frank Kendall

Frank Kendall, secretary of the Air Force and a three-time Wash100 winner, aims to complete the transition of the Space Development Agency to the Department of the Air Force's acquisition enterprise before the deadline mandated by the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. “By statute, this is scheduled to occur on 1 October 2022, but there is no need to wait until then." 

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STARCOM Launches as Space Force’s Final Field Command; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The Department of the Air Force officially launched the U.S. Space Force’s final field command during a ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Monday. Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Shawn Bratton assumed leadership of Space Training and Readiness Command after Frank Kendall, secretary of the Air Force and a three-time Wash100 Award, approved STARCOM’s organizational structure on Aug. 13.

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Jay Bonci Assumes CTO Role With U.S. Air Force

Jay Bonci

Jay Bonci, a 14-year veteran of Akamai Technologies, has started his new work as chief technology officer at the Department of the Air Force. “My part of the mission is to empower and accelerate those on the ground by providing a cohesive enterprise architecture and service delivery strategy," Bonci wrote Tuesday in a LinkedIn post.

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AFRL Rolls Out Effort to Expand S&T Partner Network; Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle Quoted

Maj. Gen. Heather Pringle

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has launched a program that seeks innovative concepts from a wider pool of science and technology professionals. The Department of the Air Force said Sunday its new Air and Space Forces Science & Technology Front Door program seeks to expand AFRL's network of S&T partners.

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FAA, Air Force Department Partner to Implement Common Space Launch Standards; John Roth Quoted

Space Launch Standards

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has agreed to help the U.S. Space Force promote safety across commercial space operations at the service branch's facilities. The Department of the Air Force said Monday that it partnered with FAA to implement common safety standards and eliminate redundant processes for commercial space activities at Vandenberg Space Force Base and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

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Space Force Named Lead Service for Rocket Cargo Vanguard Program; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

The Department of the Air Force has announced Rocket Cargo as the fourth Vanguard program and designated the U.S. Space Force as the lead service branch for Rocket Cargo Vanguard. AFRL will study the capability to land a rocket at remote sites and other nontraditional surfaces and near personnel and structures, among other research initiatives.

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Department of the Air Force Unveils $173.7B Budget Request for FY 2022; John Roth Quoted

John Roth

The Department of the Air Force proposed a $173.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2022 to help deliver joint lethality and build up the future force. The FY 2022 budget request includes $17.4 billion in funds for the U.S. Space Force and $156.3 billion for the U.S. Air Force.

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Advanced Battle Management System Moves to New Operational Phase; Gen. Charles Brown Quoted

Charles Brown Jr.

The Department of the Air Force is transitioning the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) into a new operational phase after meeting key standards in the past 18 months. ABMS seeks to help commanders and soldiers expedite sharing of information to achieve decision superiority and serves as the department’s contribution to the Pentagon’s Combined Joint All Domain and Control effort.

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Hanscom AFB to Roll Out Enterprise IT System to USAF, USSF; Col. Justin Collins Quoted

Enterprise IT System

Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB) is slated to implement a consolidated service desk and catalog system that will support more than 700,000 users worldwide. The first wave of the Enterprise IT-as-a-Service (EITaaS) platform features integrated security management capabilities, automated compliance checks and regular hardware and refresh updates, the U.S. Air Force said Monday.

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