Tag Archives: US Air Force

James Beutel: 5G May Help Air Force Unlock Modern Data Applications

James Beutel

James Beutel, deputy chief technology officer at the Department of the Air Force, said 5G has the potential to serve as a gateway for a range of “futuristic” data-centric applications including artificial intelligence. He said at the Verizon-sponsored Federal Insights discussion that 5G could allow for head-up displays, virtual reality and other applications with the potential to speed up data transmissions.

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Air Force Team Launches AI Assistant for Aircrew Chief Fundamentals Course; Maj. Jesse Johnson Quoted

Artificial Intelligence

A U.S. Air Force technology team has introduced new artificial intelligence assistants to help train airmen during their virtual reality-enabled fundamentals training course. Trainees under the Crew Chief Fundamentals Course can ask questions to and receive instructions from a so-called AI Airman about various basic topics, the Air Force said Monday.

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Air Force Names Lt. Col. David Levene First Multi-Domain Test Force Commander

David Levene

The U.S. Air Force has appointed Lt. Col. David Levene as the first military commander of the Air Force Test Center's Multi-Domain Test Force (MDTF). Levene assumed his new position at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, where his organization will be stationed, the Air Force Materiel Command said Monday.

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USAF Col. Jeffrey Phillips Adopts New Leadership Approach With Expanded Responsibility

Col. Jeffrey Phillips

Col. Jeffrey Phillips, commander of the U.S. Air Force's 67th Cyberspace Wing, said he has created a task force that not only trains and equips teams but also operationally leads them. This approach, used by Task Force Mustang, provides the commander a wider scope of oversight, which now includes assigning the right teams for missions.

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Air Combat Command Stands up New Spectrum Warfare Team; Maj. Gen. Case Cunningham Quoted

Spectrum Warfare

Air Combat Command (ACC) has activated a new unit that will focus on efforts to boost the U.S. military's advantage in the electromagnetic spectrum. ACC's new 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing (SWW) stood up last Friday to deliver technologies that bolster the U.S. forces' competitive edge in electronic warfare. 

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USAF, Navy Test New Approach for Airborne PNT Tech; Maj. Andy Cottle Quoted

AgilePod Sensor Pod

The U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy jointly demonstrated a new concept with airborne positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) technologies in Centennial, Colorado. The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) worked with the Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Office to test a mix of PNT technologies in an Agilepod sensor pod across six sorties. 

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Air Force-MIT Team Tests New Aircraft Data Link; Michael McAuliffe Quoted

Hanscom Air Force Base

A communications technology team at Hanscom Air Force Base has demonstrated a new technology designed to bolster data sharing in the airborne battlefield. The U.S. Air Force said Thursday that its Aerial Networks Division partnered with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory to form the Tactical Data Link Enhancements Team, which tested the new Heimdall tactical data link.

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Air Force Laboratory Applies DevSecOps to Support Battle Management System Development

Overmatch Software Armory

The U.S. Air Force's battle laboratory at Nellis AF Base in Nevada is using the DevSecOps software development methodology to help the service branch create a joint warfighting system that will facilitate data collection, analysis and sharing among military users. USAF noted the center is looking to adopt machine learning and artificial intelligence technology for data collection efforts.

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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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Air Force Releases Results of GBSD Missile Environmental Assessment


The Department of the Air Force has released an environmental assessment of the efforts to modernize the U.S. military's intercontinental ballistic missile. The Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) test program's final environmental assessment covers the proposed efforts to demonstrate GBSD at U.S. Army Garrison–Kwajalein Atoll and waters surrounding the Marshall Islands. 

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