Tag Archives: U.S. Air Force

Will Roper: Prime Contractors Acquiring Smaller Companies Limit Industrial Base

Will Roper

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and three-time Wash100 Award recipient, said prime contractors' acquisition of middle-tier companies has shrunk the industrial base. The Department of Defense (DoD) now sees the industrial base as more generalized than specialized, as major contractors secure awards for almost every program.

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USAF Secretary Barbara Barrett Prefers Redstone Arsenal as Space Command HQ Location

Barbara Barrett

Barbara Barrett, secretary of the Air Force, wants to establish U.S. Space Command's headquarters at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, following a series of on-site and virtual assessments. The secretary selected the site based on an evaluation of mission factors, community support, costs and infrastructure capacity. Other alternative locations for the HQ include sites in Florida, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.

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USAF to Migrate Mission-Critical Apps Into Zero-Trust Environment

Cyber Strategy

The U.S. Air Force is looking to enhance its cybersecurity in response to the service branch's remote work setup by moving its mission-critical applications into a zero-trust environment, Fedscoop reported Tuesday. The Air Force also rolled out pilot efforts to assess potential migrations to a zero-trust setup amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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USAF Approves Scott AFB Innovation Hub as a Defense Lab

U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force has certified Scott Air Force Base's innovation hub as an official defense laboratory for technology transfer activities. The designation will enable Scott AFB's Elevate hub to collaborate with educational institutions and share equipment, information and resources through partnership agreements. Duncan added Elevate plans to collaborate with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for its first EPA.

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Tyndall AFB Introduces X-Ray Inspection Tech for Commercial Vehicles

VACIS M6500

Tyndall Air Force Base has fielded an X-ray-based inspection system to expedite the time needed to search vehicles carrying cargo and building materials. The $2.2 million machine is a part of a five to seven-year effort that seeks to rebuild Tyndall AFB following the effects of Hurricane Michael in 2018.

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Air Force Stakeholders Discuss Future Airman Mgmt, Training; Maj. Gen. William Spangenthal Quoted

U.S. Air Force

Air Education and Training Command (AETC) held a virtual event to discuss efforts on airman development in the age of great power competition. AETC's Total Force Airmen event gathered stakeholders from active duty, civilian, national guard and reserve components of the U.S. Air Force to discuss how airmen can be improved via data-informed approaches, the service branch said Wednesday.

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AFRL to Test New Helmet Tech for Nighttime Rescue Missions; Darrel Hopper Quoted

Air Force Research

The U.S. Air Force's research arm will demonstrate a new helmet system designed to support nighttime personnel recovery missions. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) will use the CubCrafters XCub aircraft to test the Low Altitude Sensing Helmet (LASH) system at St. Mary’s County, Maryland. USAF expects LASH to be operational in 2022, given that the planned schedule is met.

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$696M Defense Appropriations Bill Includes Separate Funding Accounts for Space Force

Eric Fanning

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) would receive $15.2 billion under the $696 billion fiscal 2021 defense spending bill approved by Congress as part of a government appropriations package, reflecting its first budget as a separate military branch. The $2.3 trillion omnibus bill includes operations, maintenance, procurement, research, development, test and evaluation program lines for USSF.

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USAF Completes Airworthiness Report for Joby Aviation Aircraft

U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force has wrapped up the airworthiness evaluation for the design of Joby Aviation's S4 aircraft as part of the Agility Prime effort. USAF may carry out flight tests for the aircraft once it completes all phases of the airworthiness process. Joby and BETA Technologies joined Agility Prime in February as its initial partner companies.

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USSF Chief Gen. John Raymond Joins Joint Chief of Staff

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has been inducted into the Department of Defense's (DoD) Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS). Raymond, as mandated by law, joins the chief of naval operations, the U.S. Marine Corps commandant and the U.S. Army's and U.S. Air Force's corresponding chiefs of staff in the joint organization.

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