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Preston Dunlap to Head ABMS as Air Force Chief Architect

U.S. Air Force Capt. Hope Cronin announced that Preston Dunlap, formerly a national security analysis mission areas executive at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, was appointed chief architect at the service branch's office of the assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, Inside Defense reported Friday.

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Will Roper: Air Force Accelerating Contracting Process for Startups via Credit Card

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, told Wired in an interview published on Sunday about the service’s upcoming pitch day in New York and how it plans to set up contracts for startups within a day through credit card-based awards. “We’re going to start doing awards at $158,000 per transaction,” said Roper, a 2019 Wash100 winner.

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Air Force Accelerating F-35 Flight, Maintenance Planning Process With New App

A software development team within the U.S. Air Force has developed an application designed to accelerate the process of planning the weekly maintenance and flight schedule for F-35 fighter jets, Defense News reported Wednesday. The service’s Kessel Run team built the Kronos app as part of the Mad Hatter program, which launched in 2018 to address the logistics issues facing F-35 pilots and maintainers.

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DoD Seeking $270M in FY 2020 Budget for Space Force HQ, Agency, Combatant Command

The Department of Defense is seeking $270M in funds for fiscal year 2020 to establish the Space Development Agency, U.S. Space Command and headquarters for the new Space Force, SpaceNews reported Monday. DoD will request $120M for the Space Development Agency, $84M for the new combatant command and $64M for the new headquarters, according to a draft memo obtained by the publication. 

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Military Service Secretaries Aim to Facilitate Weapon Systems Interoperability via Common Standards

Army Secretary Mark Esper, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Navy Secretary Richard Spencer have signed a new memorandum that establishes common standards of data sharing between weapon systems across domains. The Air Force said Friday the joint memo requires acquisition executives within service branches to publish implementation guidelines for procurement programs, determine gaps and suggest new standards.

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Rapid Sustainment Office Builds 3D Parts for C-5 Airlift System

The Rapid Sustainment Office has leveraged 3D printing technologies to develop and install parts on the U.S. Air Force airlift platform. RSO worked with the Air Mobility Command, the C-5 Program Office and the 436th Airlift Wing to produce and install emergency light covers, window reveals, gasper and overhead panels on a C-5 Super Galaxy aircraft, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Wednesday.

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Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch on Air Force’s Light-Attack Experiment

Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, military deputy for the office of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, has said he has ideas of how the service would move forward with the light-attack experiment, Defense News reported Friday. “We are planning to broaden the experimentation out and carry the experimentation forward, and I think when our budget hits, you’ll understand more of what we’re doing,” he said Friday at an Air Force Association event.

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AFRL, Michigan Technological University Form Emergency Raft Design Collaboration

The Air Force Research Laboratory has joined forces with students from Michigan Technological University to develop life raft platforms to support sea-based rescue efforts. AFRL researchers will help the U.S. Coast Guard develop a portable and lightweight raft offering fast deployment through helicopters and can carry approximately 100 passengers in 24 hours, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Wednesday.

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