The U.S. Air Force plans to test in October a new process that aims to speed up contract awards to startups and small businesses within days, FlightGlobal reported Friday. Will Roper, assistant secretary for the service's acquisition, technology and logistics, said the process would involve a call for startups to present their ideas in one or two pages and pitch their concepts through a “90-second video like Kickstarter.”Read More »
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has said the service plans to increase the total number of operational squadrons to 386 and add 40K more personnel by 2030 to counter potential military threats posed by Russia and China, Reuters reported Monday. That figure represents a 24 percent increase from the service’s 312 squadrons today.
Gen. David Goldfein, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, has said the service wants to field a light-attack aircraft with an information networking capability designed to help U.S. and allied forces counter insurgents, the Air Force Times reported Monday. “If I hear one thing from my international air chiefs, it’s ‘we need to figure out how to share information both ways,’” Goldfein told the publication.Read More »
Air Force Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, told C4ISRNET in an interview published Thursday how the service intends to use artificial intelligence in the development of a collaborative sensing grid as part of the ISR flight plan.Read More »
The Government Accountability Office has found that the U.S. Air Force intends to start fielding in fiscal 2020 new Combat Rescue Helicopters to replace aging HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters that have recorded the most flight time when it comes to staff recovery missions. GAO said in a report published Thursday the service will initially deploy the new helicopters to the active component six years ahead of the reserve component and to the Air National Guard by 2027.Read More »
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate has started leveraging commercial-off-the-shelf augmented reality systems to develop an approach that will help aircraft maintainers inspect internal components of a plane. Wright-Patterson AF Base said Thursday the AR-based capability is expected to streamline nondestructive inspection, which is a process …Read More »
Carlen Capenos, former chief of the acquisition resources division at the Defense Information Systems Agency, has been appointed as director of DISA’s Office of Small Business Programs. The 22-year contracting officer said in a statement published Thursday that she will coordinate with public and private entities to boost contracting procedures with …Read More »