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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 Eyes Next Month’s Release of B-52 Engine Replacement RFP

The U.S. Air Force plans to issue a request for proposals in March for a planned contract to replace the engines of the aging B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft, National Defense Magazine reported Thursday. The service aims to keep the B-52 operational through the 2050s by procuring 650 new engine systems that will replace the TF33 engines currently in use.

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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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Air Force Acquisition Head Intends to Add Software Experts to Acquisition Process

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, intends to train military program managers to understand software development and improve how the service acquires new technologies, Federal News Network reported Thursday. The official will work with the Air Force Education and Training Command to create formal certification for Air Force software leaders to participate in the tech acquisition process.

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Will Roper: Air Force Planning to Appoint ‘Architect’ to Oversee JSTARS Replacement Effort

Will Roper, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, said during a recent roundtable that an “architect” could be deployed for the Advanced Battle Management System effort, Defense News reported Thursday. Roper said the architect will be responsible to ensure compliance with U.S. Air Force requirements and find technological alternatives if the need arises.

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Air Force Acquisition Head Looking at Small Launch Industry to Build ‘Responsive Space’

The U.S. Air Force’s top acquisition official wants to increase the service’s partnerships with the small launch industry to utilize small satellites for missions commonly supported by large spacecrafts, Space News reported Wednesday. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, announced the initiative after a meeting with Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson at the Pentagon.

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Gen. Stephen Wilson: Air Force Launches Efforts to Speed Up Procurement Process

Gen. Stephen ‘Seve’ Wilson, Air Force vice chief of staff, told National Defense in an interview published Monday that the service has initiated efforts to accelerate the acquisition process in order to expedite the delivery of capabilities to warfighters. He noted that Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, came up with an idea to have the service sign 50 contracts in 50 hours in a move to speed up the procurement process.

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Air Force to Slow Down Purchases of Hypersonic Weapons; Will Roper Quoted

The U.S. Air Force has decided to incrementally purchase hypersonic weapons instead of procuring the technology in large quantities, Flight Global reported Monday. Will Roper, assistant secretary for acquisition and technology, USAF, said that the service branch intends to achieve initial operational capability for its Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon by 2020.

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Air Force to Test New Contracting Process for Startups in October; Will Roper Quoted

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.”

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Chris Shank to Head DoD Strategic Capabilities Office

Chris Shank, former senior adviser to the secretary of the U.S. Air Force, has joined the Defense Department’s Strategic Capabilities Office as its new director, Defense News reported Friday. Shank will lead the SCO and its efforts to explore and develop strategies to counter emerging threats across various domains. He …

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