Tag Archives: Will Roper

Gen. Charles Brown: Air Force Faces Data Challenge as it Works on ABMS

Gen. Charles Brown

Gen. Charles "C.Q." Brown, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), said facilitating data access and sharing is the most challenging task the service is facing as it advances the development of the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) as part of the Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concept. 

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Bruce Jette, James Geurts, Will Roper Talk Post-Pandemic Changes in Military Ops

Supply Chain

Leaders from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force have said that their respective service branches need to implement changes in force operations, supply chain management and workforce settings following the COVID-19 pandemic. Wash100 Award winners James Geurts, Will Roper and Bruce Jette comment on recent changes and new initiatives. 

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Will Roper Eyes Autonomous Capabilities for Air Force’s Future Tankers

Will Roper

Will Roper, assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics at the U.S. Air Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said a redesign of the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft’s remote vision system is driving the service to plan for the possible integration of autonomous or semi-autonomous capabilities into its next tanker, the Military website reported Thursday.

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Will Roper: Digital Engineering Can Drive New Capabilities for US Air Force

Will Roper

Will Roper, the U.S. Air Force’s acquisition head and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said during the Air Force Digital Campaign’s first virtual industry event that digital engineering can significantly drive the development of new capabilities. Gen. Arnold Bunch noted that the Digital Campaign initiative comes as part of efforts to align with the National Defense Strategy.

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Gen. Charles Brown on Air Force Acquisition Reforms, Reducing Barriers for Small Businesses

Gen. Charles Brown

Gen. Charles Brown, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, has said he intends to work with small businesses and develop program incentives to help “break down barriers” in government contracting (GovCon). Brown noted that he considers expanding the use of Air Force procurement authorities to speed up the delivery of technologies by up to two years. 

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Air Force Develops Prototype of Next-Gen Fighter Aircraft; Will Roper Quoted

Will Roper

The U.S. Air Force has built and flown a prototype of a new fighter aircraft using virtual tools as part of the Next Generation Air Dominance program. The report said the service developed a virtual prototype and a physical aircraft using data from the T-7 trainer and F-35 fighter jet programs under the NGAD program.

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AFRL Launches Quantum Tech Accelerator, Innovation Center

Quantum Science

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has opened an innovation hub for quantum research and development in Rome, N.Y., and is partnering with the academe on a competitive program focused on the emerging concept. AFRL said the Innovare Advancement Center will support the lab’s “Million Dollar International Quantum U Tech Accelerator” program.

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Will Roper: Air Force Eyes Opening Up Some of its Code to Greater Cyber Community

Will Roper

Will Roper, assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics at the U.S. Air Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the service plans to publish on open source platforms some of its code to generate more insights from the cybersecurity community, FedScoop reported Tuesday.

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Air Force to Integrate ‘Project Maven’ AI Scope Into ABMS; Will Roper Quoted

Will Roper

The U.S. Air Force is transitioning its program office for the Project Maven artificial intelligence effort into the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) portfolio in a push to expand the latter's warfighting scope. “There is no distinction between development systems and warfighting systems anymore in IT,” said Roper. “ABMS and Maven are going to start blurring that line in September.”

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