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  • Center showcases innovation efforts

     The Air Force Sustainment Center is setting the pace in many areas of efficiency and innovation, according to Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Roper saw AFSC processes in action when he visited AFSC headquarters Sept. 13.“This is the culture I want to see in an Air Force organization,”
  • SecAF Wilson provides Air Force update

    Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson presented an update of the state of the Air Force Sept. 17, during the 2018 Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor. Wilson discussed restoring force readiness, space operations and the future of the Air Force during her presentation.
  • Go far by getting picky with the FAR

    HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, MASS. -- Acquisition regulations don’t come with CliffsNotes, so members of a High Performance Team wrote 21 pages interpreting them and won a Department of Defense level award June 28 for their work.The HPT members from Hanscom Air Force Base and several other major acquisition bases came together to better navigate what is
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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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