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Workers at Tinker AFB, Okla., install critical 40/45 upgrades to E-3
Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft during programmed depot
maintenance. The AWACS 40/45 program office, headquartered at Hanscom AFB,
Mass., is the lead for delivering, and potentially accelerating, the
upgrades.  (Courtesy photo)
Allied C2 Capabilities RAMPed Up
RAMP, the Royal Saudi Air Force E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control Systems Modernization Program, is an extensive mission computing and communications upgrade program, turning current Block 30/35 AWACS into the 40/45 configuration. The International Airborne Battle Management Command and Control Division here awarded this first contract to the Boeing Co.
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2018
Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, delivers a State of LCMC address at a luncheon Jan. 25, 2017. AFLCMC ‘entwined’ with senior leader goals
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Air Force acquisition is battling the pincer effect of shrinking workforces and expanding portfolios, according to Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry, who spoke at a defense industry event in Bedford, Massachusetts, Thursday.  McMurry, commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, which oversees the total life cycle
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2018
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is studying how cloud computing could safely provide data to users who need it, even in degraded environments, like those encountered by ground troops in combat. (Department of Defense graphic illustration) Hanscom studies clouds for combat
The Cloud Analysis and Modeling Prototype, or CAMP project, uses the relief efforts staged following 2005’s Hurricane Katrina as a model for major military operations in which many users require access to multiple tiers of information hosted on an open cloud. The period of performance for the MOC cloud computing research contract is one year, at a cost of $600,000.
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2018
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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2017
U.S. Army Capt. Beth Carriere, right, a physician assistant assigned to the Vermont National Guard's Medical Detachment, Task Force Bravo, briefs her team on how to organize the donated medications from various organizations at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Sept. 28, 2017. Maria, Irma make landfall for Hanscom Airmen
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Master Sgt. Sharlyne Acevedo, Acquisition Intelligence Division superintendent at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center here, first heard her family survived Hurricane Maria’s direct hit on Puerto Rico seven full days after landfall. In order to get word to Acevedo, they asked a cousin, whose family lived near
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2017
Airman 1st Class Colby Morin Airman accepts Marine Corps challenge
Airman 1st Class Colby Morin, a member of the 66th Security Forces Squadron, volunteered to attend the U.S. Marine Corps’ Lance Corporal Seminar during a deployment to Southeast Asia.
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2017
DAYTON, Ohio – Erin Nichols, a program manager on Team Wright-Patt, writes down project assumptions on a team whiteboard during a brainstorming session Aug. 2 as part of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Commander’s Challenge 2017. The challenge this year is to remotely move 50 pounds of supplies to a location 30 miles away, delivering them to an area smaller than 400 square feet. (U.S. Air Force photo/John Harrington) AFRL kicks off Commander’s Challenge 2017
DAYTON, Ohio – The 2017 Air Force Research Laboratory Commander’s Challenge kicked off with teams and leaders from around Air Force Materiel Command coming together for a three-day conference at the Wright Brothers Institute Tec^Edge Innovation and Collaboration Center here Aug. 2, 2017.  AFRL Commander Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley opened the 10th
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2017
An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 12:03 a.m., PDT, April 26, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ian Dudley) $93 million contract keeps missile warning system vigilant
“A missile launch starts a timer,” said SEWS Program Manager Capt. Frank Schiavone. “We’re working hard to provide the combatant commands and partner nations with as many extra seconds as possible so they can begin countermeasures, warn their populations, and protect themselves.”
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2017
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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2017
On the operations floor of Exercise Empire Challenge, held at Langley Air Force Base, Va., in 2009, U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine and military forces from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, and Japan tested interoperability. During the exercise, participants used Cross-Domain Enterprise All-Source User Repository, or CENTAUR, which provides a digital safe space where U.S. and allied nations can link their intelligence-gathering systems and share information, including full motion video, photo imagery, documents and secure chat.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech Sgt. Randy Redman) CENTAUR speaks all languages
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Personnel at Air Force Life Cycle Management Center-Hanscom are ensuring intelligence can be quickly, securely shared with allies by performing pre-contract market research for maintenance of a program called CENTAUR.The Cross-Domain Enterprise All-Source User Repository, or CENTAUR, provides a digital safe space
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