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USAF Launches Program to Boost Airmen’s Digital Skills; Lt. Gen. Christopher Weggeman Quoted

Christopher Weggeman

The U.S. Air Force has initiated an effort to help airmen access educational opportunities on digital technology, The Digital University program will provide airmen and U.S. Space Force members free access to over 12,000 courses from Pluralsight, Udacity and Udemy. The program's pilot will run through June 2021 before Pluralsight and Udacity licenses.

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Gen. Charles Brown: Air Force Likely to See Major Changes in FY 2023

Gen. Charles Brown

Gen. Charles "C.Q." Brown, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, said he expects to see major changes in the service’s inventory in fiscal year 2023 once the military branch completes force planning exercises and shapes the budget request based on the findings. “We are going to retire some [aircraft in FY22], but it’s not a huge amount,” Brown said. 

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USAF Leverages 5G to Support Smart Base Rebuild; Brig. Gen. Patrice Melancon Quoted

5G Network

The U.S. Air Force has begun rebuilding the hurricane-damaged Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, and has integrated low-latency and large data-transmission of 5G networks with digital twin technology to increase base security. The Air Force will work to connect thousands of sensors at Tyndall that collect data and can detect intruders and transmit it by 5G wireless into a digital twin model.

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Northrop Grumman Delivers 5th NATO RQ-4D Phoenix; Jane Bishop Quoted

Jane Bishop

Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the fifth NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft with a non-stop transatlantic flight. The aircraft departed on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from Palmdale, California and landed approximately 20 hours later on Nov. 12th at Sigonella Air Base, Sigonella, Italy. The air vehicle is the last of five NATO RQ-4D aircraft

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AFS Wins $90M Contract to Support USAF ERP Capabilities; Vince Vlasho, Susan Lawrence Quoted

Vince Vlasho

An Accenture subsidiary, Accenture Federal Services (AFS), has been awarded a $90 million Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Initiative+ (MROi+) contract to help the U.S. Air Force develop an integrated capability for planning, scheduling and conducting depot maintenance. The contract has a four and a half-year performance period. To read Vince Vlasho's full Executive Spotlight, visit Executivebiz.com

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Space Force Hosts its First Schriever Wargame; Gen. James Dickinson Quoted

Gen. James Dickinson

The U.S. Space Force spearheaded an exercise that assessed challenges on the military's space operations and sought to enhance space support in air, land, sea, space and cyberspace domains. For the event's 2020 iteration, the Air Force transferred the responsibility to lead Schriever Wargame to Space Force for the first time.

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USAF Fields VR Tech During Experimental Exercise Event

Virtual Reality

Chaplains from the U.S. Air Force's 366th Fighter Wing took part in an experimental exercise at Tyndall Air Force Base from Oct. 21 to 29 to demonstrate a new lead wing command design in deployed environments. The Agile Flag 21-1 drill participants employed virtual reality to help combat stress and frustration while in deployed areas

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Space Force to Manage X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Ops; Barbara Barrett Quoted

Barbara Barrett

The U.S. Space Force will oversee the operations of an experimental space plane built by Boeing to demonstrate systems to provide the Space Force with an unmanned space test platform. Space Force has established the Delta 9 unit to manage the X-37B platform and carry out orbital warfare operations for the service branch.

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AFRL Opens New Lab at Kirtland AFB for Deployable Space Structure Tests

Deployable Space

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has inaugurated a new facility at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, built to test novel deployable space structures for the service branch. The 7,000 square foot Deployable Structures Laboratory features a secure and climate-controlled, vibration isolated area to test high-strain composite materials. 

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Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner Now Senate-Confirmed for DISA Leadership Role

Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner

Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner has received Senate confirmation to lead the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) as director, succeeding Vice Adm. Nancy Norton. He will rank up to lieutenant general for the role through which he will lead efforts to protect the Department of Defense's (DoD) enterprise infrastructure and operate joint command-and-control functions.

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