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  • Air Force awards hypersonic weapon contract

    Today the Air Force has awarded a contract not to exceed $480,000,000 to Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control to begin designing a second hypersonic weapon prototype.
  • Sunny future for cloud-hosted AF apps

    Moving the portal onto the cloud is part of an ongoing effort to bring potentially hundreds of separate Air Force applications onto cloud-hosted platforms. The portal’s nearly three quarters of a million average users per month won’t see a break in service, but may notice increased reliability as the Air Force moves its software onto more modern hosting systems, provided by vendors like Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Computing Services and Amazon.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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