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  • MQ-1B, MQ-9 flight hours hit 4 million

    The MQ-1B Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft reached a historic flight hour milestone March 1.
  • Inaugural Air Force Pitch Day: New contracts, new partners

    More than 20 Hanscom personnel reviewed documents leading up to pitch day, with two smaller teams traveling to the event March 6-7 to award final contracts. By the end, 38 companies received on-the-spot agreements to solve specific problems facing Program Executive Offices Digital and Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks. Two thirds of Pitch Day’s prompts originated in Hanscom PEOs.
  • Air Force sharpens competitive edge with roadmap to reform

    The Air Force released its first business operations plan, March 4, establishing a roadmap for reform and improvement in its practices and processes.
  • Air Force invites 59 small businesses, start-ups to Air Force Pitch Day

    The Air Force is inviting 59 small businesses and start-ups to pitch live at the first Air Force Pitch Day hosted in New York March 6 and 7.
  • Wilson’s glide path for a more lethal, ready Air Force of the future

    Emphasizing priorities that will largely define the year ahead, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson stressed the need to modernize and grow the force. She also highlighted how streamlining acquisitions will inject innovative ideas and tools faster and more reliably into every corner of the organization.
  • Faster, smarter: Speed is key in acquisition reform

    Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, spoke about fielding tomorrow’s Air Force faster and smarter by reforming the acquisition process at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Dec. 28.
  • Commanders, senior raters to select IDE attendees

    Beginning with the 2019 Developmental Education Designation Board, wing commanders and some senior raters will be able to select one Line of the Air Force officer per academic year to attend Intermediate Developmental Education in residence.
  • AFWERX, Techstars announce 10 companies to participate in tech accelerator

    The 10 companies the Air Force and Techstars selected to participate in an in-residence technology accelerator program during the AFWERX 2019 Techstars Autonomous Technology Accelerator in Boston last month began the program Feb. 18.
  • Air Force Tech Report: A chem light replacement

    Chemical illumination has been a useful tool for military operations for years in the form of chem lights or glow sticks. However, glow sticks could be a hindrance to carry around. The Air Force Research Lab has exponentially lightened the load to allow chemical illumination in the form of a crayon, making light accessible, transferable and useful over and over again.
  • Air Force formalizes policy on retention of non-deployable Airmen

    In accordance with Department of Defense policy on military retention of non-deployable service members, the Air Force implemented its guidance in a memo signed Feb. 19.
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