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License Plate Graphic Acquisition Innovation. How to speedily procure secure software. Really.
Developed in 2016, the three-month Advanced Tactical Acquisition Corps program selects up-and-coming acquisition professionals across the acquisition community and charges them to develop solutions to the biggest problems in military procurement. The team tackled how to acquire software using agile methods, while adhering to stringent and necessary cyber security requirements.
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Lt. Col. Beau “Strap” Wilkins, 514th Flight Test Squadron F-16, makes a high-speed pass in an Indonesian F-16C Fighting Falcon Nov, 21, 2017, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alex R. Lloyd) U.S. Air Force completes delivery of 24 F-16s to Indonesia
After nearly five years, the Ogden Air Logistics Complex completed regeneration work on the last six Block-25 F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft for the Government of Indonesia.
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Trevor Millette, 71st Rescue Squadron pilot, taxis an HC-130J Combat King II on the unimproved landing zone on Bemiss Field, July 29, 2016, at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the ULZ on Bemiss Field, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)
Deployable landing system gives pilots global reach
Airmen with the 46th Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, worked for several months to learn the setup process and basic maintenance of the D-ILS system. Their efforts will help standardize the setup checklists all air traffic control systems Airmen will use assembling D-ILS units around the globe. Developed runways have permanent systems, but undeveloped runways sometimes have no electronic landing system capability. D-ILS provides instrument landing capabilities where they never existed, or where they have been degraded by enemy action or natural disasters. It facilitates humanitarian relief operations and supports the 24-hour, 365-day potential operational footprint of the U.S. Air Force.
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A member of a Cyber Protection Team participates in the Air Force's Exercise Black Demon, designed to validate his ability to protect and defend specific critical missions or assests. Unlike other communications specialists who work to defend and protect an entire network, CPTs have advanced training and skillsets that go deeper into locating and then neutralizing the threats posed to high priority missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Garcia) Acquisition personnel assess Air Force network operations
By taking the pulse of the Air Force network, acquisition personnel here hope to improve security, reduce maintenance costs and mine data produced by millions of daily operations.
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Capt. Evangeline Fleischaker, Early Warning System program lead from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., briefs a traditional acquisition approach during the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Transformational Innovation’s pilot acquisition wargame June 30, 2017, at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Fleischaker’s team was challenged to find a solution for a malware vulnerability that could, in the premise of the wargame, disable nearly a million desktop, laptop and mobile devices during a wargame held June 26-30. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Newell) Acquisition as wargame
The Pentagon’s Air Force acquisition office challenged teams to protect nearly 1 million users from dangerous malware during a pilot wargame held June 26-30, 2017, at the Hanscom Conference Center.The wargame scenario was ripped from the headlines and one of the three participating teams was required to abide by the strictest interpretations of
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U.S. Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. Joshua Hames, a loadmaster assigned to the 327th Airlift Squadron, refers to his Electronic Flight Bag, on how he should rig the extraction parachute to the load at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Feb. 16, 2016. Hames is in upgrade training as part of the 913th Airlift Group’s transition from the “H” model to the “J” model, and is trained to use the EFB in order to complete certain tasks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeff Walston/Released)
Hanscom proves PlugTest acquisition model
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Hanscom Collaboration and Innovation Center personnel here completed the first successful Air Force PlugTest of software for Electronic Flight Bags June 9, resulting in a $1.3 million contract award.   PlugTests pit potential contractors against each other by hosting systems on accessible military networks and
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Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander was one of the senior Air Force speakers at the ninth annual Acquisition Insight Days event. The theme for the conference was ‘Keeping a Decisive Edge,’ and more than 60 presentations were available to attendees. (U.S. Air Force photo / R.J. Oriez) Annual acquisition conference focuses on 'decisive edge'
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Hundreds of acquisition and industry professionals gathered at the Air Force Institute of Technology here June 13-14, for two days of demonstrations and presentations from some of the greatest and brightest minds in acquisition, technology, intelligence and sustainment.  Hosted by the Air Force Life Cycle
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A AN/TPS-75 radar rests on the back of a transport vehicle at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Mich., July 29, 2015. The AN/TPS-75 radar is capable of providing coverage of more than 200 nautical miles in every direction and detecting aircraft as high as 95,000 ft. Following release of a contract award May 11, 2017, the radar, dating to the Vietnam War era and containing vacuum tube technology, will be replaced by Raytheon Co. built three dimensional expeditionary long-range radars by 2028.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski/Released) Center awards major long-range radar contract
The contract award covers the engineering and manufacturing development of three production representative units, but allows the ability to exercise options for low-rate production, interim contractor support, and full rate production when appropriate.
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Current state of early warning radar upgrades depicts various mission sets for the five solid-state early warning radars arrayed throughout the globe. A series of updates beginning in the late 1990s and culminating in 2020 adds the missile defense mission and brings all five sites to a common hardware and software configuration. (U.S. Air Force graphic) $40 million upgrade for Thule radar unifies missile shield sites
The Air Force awarded Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems a $40 million contract to modify the Upgraded Early Warning Radar station on Thule Air Base, Greenland, in December 2016. Processor and software modifications reduce the amount of equipment required to operate the radar, which reduces energy consumption and sustainment costs over the long-term. The Air Force plans to complete all current modifications by 2020.
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Default Air Force Logo Hanscom hosts RATPAC VI, encourages innovation, challenges to status quo
A network of acquisition professionals from across the Air Force gathered here Oct. 17 to 21 to collaborate on transforming the AF acquisition culture.
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