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CAVALIER AIR FORCE STATION, N.D. – A close up view of the face of the Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System. This view shows transmitters that send and receive space and missile data. The PARCS is a ground-based Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment Sensor, an important component of the national military command system. (Courtesy photo) Air Force awards $866 million for radar sustainment, modernization
The contract, awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, directly supports the continued operations of the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS), PAVE Phased Array Warning System (PAVE PAWS) and Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System radars. The radars are responsible for ballistic missile warning and defense for the continental United States, among other missions.
0 6/22
2018
Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt looks over acquisition strategies with his deputy, Scott Owens, at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Friday, May 18. Schmidt and Owens recently took over leadership of the C3I&N directorate in April and say they are working towards enabling a workforce which acquires systems at the speed technology evolves. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Todd Maki) Schmidt digs into network acquisition
“It’s harder, in this portfolio, to visualize what we’re giving to the warfighter than some of the other three PEO’s I’ve had the privilege to lead,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt. “But make no mistake, it doesn’t matter if you have the coolest B-21 or F-35 in the air, it won’t do any good for you without the awareness generated by networks we manage here.”
0 5/21
2018
A U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16 jet is towed out of a hangar April 26, 2018 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The aircraft was the first to receive structural modifications as part of the F-16 Service Life Extension Program, or SLEP, that will keep the jet flying for decades. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw) F-16 Service Life Extension Program a ‘great deal’ for Department of Defense, taxpayers
An Air Force Thunderbird jet is the first of what will be roughly 300 refurbished C and D model F-16’s that will roll off the shop floor of the 573rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here after receiving multiple structure-strengthening modifications.
0 5/03
2018
Lt. Col. Chris and Maj. Matt, 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, prepare to fly the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node’s 10,000th mission in an aircraft, Feb. 24, 2017. The BACN weapons system was developed to fulfill an urgent need in Afghanistan where communication is difficult. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) BACN goes global after delivering CENTCOM comms for 9 years
Making BACN a program of record is a way to formalize requirements and set up a predictable budget. The change happened officially March 30. For a system that has proved its value to warfighters for nearly a decade, becoming a POR means the program office here can bring better communications to any theater, while performing training, experimentation and testing to make the system more effective and user-friendly.
0 4/30
2018
Maj. Gen. Duke Richardson Mentoring: A mentality, not a meeting
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- We tend to think of the formal mentoring session as that special, dedicated time where all the secrets to professional success and development are unlocked. We come to the mentoring meeting well-prepared with questions in hand and pen and paper at the ready for fear of missing an important make-or-break
0 2/12
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
0 1/26
2018
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.
0 12/15
2017
Default Air Force Logo Cheyenne Mountain sees better satellite picture
UEWR primary missions include missile warning and missile defense, where radars spot missile launches, track them and send data to the Ballistic Missile Defense System. These primary missions enable ground-based interceptors to launch and eliminate incoming threats. The secondary mission is space surveillance, which includes tracking the increasingly crowded skies for manmade objects in orbit. “Our radars track and identify a lot of space-based objects. But, in this case, important information wasn’t getting to the people who needed it to make timely decisions,” said Col. Todd Wiest, senior materiel leader, Strategic Warning and Surveillance Systems division, referring to the Cheyenne Mountain Complex Combatant Commanders’ Integrated Command and Control Systems.
0 11/03
2017
The Thor weather forecasting supercomputer acquired in May 2017 by Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., generates thunderstorm likelihood and potential, and compiles many other weather scenarios that could impact military operations. When purchased, Thor was ranked the 150th most powerful supercomputer on earth, and is now located at Offutt AFB, Neb. (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Benjamin Newell) Supercomputing weather with ‘Thor’
Thor models global weather patterns and provides individual air bases and army units with specific forecasts for areas as small as 17 square kilometers. The computer system is comprised of nearly 1,000 individual blade servers. Thor’s increased capacity allows weather Airmen at Offutt to generate initial conditions and process them. Locally produced baseline data, combined with Thor’s increased processing speed, results in forecasts reaching the warfighter in half the time. This gives forecasters and mission planners up to three extra hours to exploit forecasts.
0 8/24
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
0 7/07
2017
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