Tag Archives: Will Roper

Will Roper Joins Pallas Advisors as Senior Counselor; Tony DeMartino Quoted

Will Roper

Pallas Advisors has appointed Dr. Will Roper, former assistant secretary of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics with the U.S. Air Force and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, as a senior counselor. During his tenure as SCO director, Roper served on the Department’s 2018 National Defense Strategy Steering Group, Cloud Executive Steering Group and Defense Modernization Team.

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Lt. Gen. Shaun Morris on AFLCMC’s Push for 5G, Digital Engineering Efforts

Lt. Gen. Shaun Morris

 Lt. Gen. Shaun Morris, commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), said in a recent address that the center has invested significantly in technologies like 5G to help promote efficiency across military bases. “As an Air Force, I think it is important to capitalize off what we’ve done and not lose sight of these investments,” said Morris.

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Will Roper Unveils Guidance for U.S. Air Force ‘e-Series’ Digital Engineering Criteria

Will Roper

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has released a guidance to help program heads achieve an “e-Series” designation for digital engineering programs. According to Roper, the Air Force's Next Generation Air Dominance program met the criteria for e-Series programs and serves as an “e-Plane” effort 

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Will Roper Addresses U.S. Air Force Agile Development Into 2021

Will Roper

Will Roper, the assistant secretary of acquisition, technology and logistics and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, recently discussed how the U.S. Air Force should leverage data, IT and agility to remain competitive against adversaries across the digital landscape. Roper noted that federal acquisition heads should bring deep technology expertise that extends to modern software development

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Will Roper: Prime Contractors Acquiring Smaller Companies Limit Industrial Base

Will Roper

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and three-time Wash100 Award recipient, said prime contractors' acquisition of middle-tier companies has shrunk the industrial base. The Department of Defense (DoD) now sees the industrial base as more generalized than specialized, as major contractors secure awards for almost every program.

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Will Roper: Next-Gen Aircraft to Utilize AI for Pilot Support

Will Roper

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and three-time Wash100 Award winner, said the service branch's future sixth-generation aircraft will feature an artificial intelligence co-pilot. The Next-Generation Air Dominance program will apply AI as a support platform for human pilots aboard the future aircraft.

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Air Force Advances Human-Machine Teaming With AI Algorithm Aboard U-2 Aircraft; Will Roper Quoted

Will Roper

A U.S. Air Force pilot flew with an artificial intelligence aboard the Lockheed Martin-built U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft during a test flight held Tuesday, the service reported Wednesday. The AI algorithm, called ARTUu, was in charge of tactical navigation and sensor employment during a simulated missile strike as part of a reconnaissance mission.

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Will Roper: Air Force Should ‘Hack’ Federal Acquisition System

Will Roper

Will Roper, assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics at the U.S. Air Force and a three-time Wash100 Award winner, said he believes the service must hack the federal procurement system to be relevant. Roper said he is working with financial management offices and the general counsel on a new memo . 

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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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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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