Tag Archives: USAF

Northrop Grumman Completes First Flight for GSMP

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman has successfully completed the first flight for the Global Hawk Ground Station Modernization Program (GSMP). “New, modern ground stations for Global Hawk will significantly improve the system and allow operators to more efficiently deliver timely ISR data to warfighters and connect the joint force through its global communications node mission,” said Leslie Smith, vice president Global Hawk, Northrop Grumman.

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Michael Brown: DIU Now Focuses on Drone Swarming Tech

Michael Brown

Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), said at a recent AFWERX event that his organization has been working to study drone swarming technologies. He said autonomous drone swarming is something the military has to be concerned about as a result of the technology's potentially dangerous uses by terrorists.

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Patrick AFB, Cape Canaveral Redesignated as Space Force Bases; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

Gen. John Raymond

Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral AF Station have been respectively renamed as Patrick Space Force Base and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station during a recent ceremony in Florida. The redesignation ceremony took place at Cape Canaveral and saw Vice President Mike Pence unveil the two U.S. Air Force bases’ new names in line with their operational transition to the U.S. Space Force.

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Octo Metric JV Wins KRES Cloud Services Contract; Mehul Sanghani Quoted

Mehul Sanghani

The Octo and Metric5 Joint Venture (JV), Octo Metric, has been awarded the U.S. Air Force Kessel Run Enterprise Services (KRES) Cloud Services contract, which is valued at $15 million and will run for 2.5 years. “We are pleased that our advanced capabilities, emerging technology, and innovative spirit meet the needs of the Air Force and Kessel Run,” Mehul Sanghani, Octo’s CEO said.

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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force Sees More Tech Opportunities in Commercial Market

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, chief of space operations and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said the space industry has made big, new technology investments that the U.S. Space Force may consider valuable. Gen. Raymond said the Space Force now knows about the existence of space tracking data, on-orbit satellite services and other new offerings in the commercial market.

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Boeing Begins Production of T-7A Training System; Chuck Dabundo Quoted


Boeing has announced that it has started production of the T-7A Red Hawk’s ground-based training system (GBTS). The next-generation trainer will be delivered to the U.S. Air Force when completed. “The Red Hawk’s training system is arguably the most advanced in the world. It’s a game changer,” said Chuck Dabundo, vice president of Boeing T-7 Programs.

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Raytheon Technologies Business Enters Alliance with C3.ai to Develop AI Solutions


C3.ai and Raytheon Intelligence & Space, a Raytheon Technologies business, have entered an alliance to develop artificial intelligence solutions (AI) for aerospace and defense missions, such as the U.S. Air Force and Intelligence Community (IC). The companies will work to identify applicable use cases for AI and help the military adopt new technology.

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Will Roper: Air Force Eyes 2021 Go-Live for ABMS C2 Platform

Will Roper

Will Roper, the U.S. Air Force’s acquisition head and a three-time Wash100 Award recipient, has said the service plans to begin the live operations for the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) by 2021. “This will be something new, and something that’s new like ABMS probably needs a new construct for how we manage and execute,” said Roper.

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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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