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Inside the Air Force - April 21, 2017
  • After OCX success, Air Force Digital Service aiding enterprise ground acquisition

    After a successful intervention on the troubled next-generation GPS operational control segment, the director of the Air Force Digital Service said this week the group is looking to partner with the Space and Missile Systems Center as it develops an acquisition model for its new approach to managing space systems on the ground.

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  • New draft RFP for Huey replacement edits acquisition plan, adds criteria

    The Air Force's second draft request for proposals to replace the UH-1N Huey released April 19 formalizes a new acquisition strategy that lets companies install extra items onto their helicopters before production, as the service announced it would do in February.

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  • Air Force to research hypersonic possibilities for ISR aircraft

    Hypersonic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft are getting a new look under an effort that will explore air-breathing engines and may try to estimate the overall cost of such a platform that could be fielded after 2030, officials recently told Inside the Air Force.

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  • Air Force halts AOC 10.2 development, citing insufficient FY-17 funds

    The Air Force this week issued a stop-work order for the beleaguered Air Operations Center Weapon System 10.2 upgrade program due to insufficient funds, according to a service spokeswoman.

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  • 'Hack the Air Force'

    The Defense Digital Service plans to conduct a "Hack the Air Force" exercise this summer aimed at identifying cyber vulnerabilities. Cory Erickson, deputy director of DDS, told Inside the Air Force the details will be finalized within the next month. The office conducted Hack the Pentagon last summer -- the first time a federal agency has conducted a bug bounty exercise -- and identified 138 vulnerabilities. The Army held a similar event in November and December.

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  • Air Force looking for industry to build MOP components

    The Air Force is looking for companies able to build components of the GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator system, including the warhead case, tail kit, fuzing system, carriage and release equipment and other ground support equipment.

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  • 14th Air Force commander warns against ESBMC2 slow-down

    The commander of the Air Force's operational space forces is concerned that a broad Air Force effort to establish more integrated, cross-domain battle management command-and-control capabilities could slow down within the space community to quickly develop an enterprise space BMC2 network.

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  • DSB: U.S. must trade in air dominance for 'on-demand air superiority'

    The U.S. military, which for a generation has wielded the world's preeminent air power capability, needs to prepare to trade in expectations for air dominance -- control of the entire battlespace at all times -- for something new: "on-demand air superiority," a shift due to increasing technological prowess of potential adversaries that will render U.S. air dominance unaffordable.

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  • Air Force conducting study on transition from GPS COps to OCX

    As industry works to develop a stopgap capability to control the initial next-generation GPS satellites while the constellation's new ground segment continues to move through development, the Air Force is conducting a study to ensure a smooth transition from the temporary to the new system.

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  • Air Force to host industry day next month for potential B-52 radar supplier

    After formally selecting Boeing as the sole-source integrator for its B-52 Radar Modernization Program last month, the Air Force will host potential radar suppliers at an industry day in May.

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  • Final two F-35As arrive for Europe training deployment

    Two more F-35A jets have arrived at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, for a month-long European training deployment.

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  • Lockheed receives life-cycle management contract for JASSM, LRASM

    Lockheed Martin will manage all life-cycle support for two of its cruise missile programs at its Orlando, FL, facility under a $100 million, sole-source Air Force contract announced this week.

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  • Missile Defense Agency approves preliminary design, 'dual-pol' tech for LRDR

    The Missile Defense Agency has approved Lockheed Martin's preliminary design for the Long Range Discrimination Radar -- a program central to Pentagon plans to improve homeland defense by bolstering the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program with an unprecedented ability to detect ballistic missile threats by the end of this decade.

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  • Pentagon launches nuclear posture review

    The Pentagon, amid escalating tensions with North Korea and Russia, has named the team that will manage its first Nuclear Posture Review since 2010.

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  • DSB: Additional $2.5B needed per year to defend against advanced missiles

    Improving ballistic and cruise missile capabilities and inventories by potential adversaries could render U.S. military forces -- particularly equipment and units deemed critical to war plans -- vulnerable, and requires a new three-pronged strategy to shore up U.S. defenses that could cost $2.5 billion annually.

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  • Aerojet Rocketdyne to close Gainesville facility

    Aerojet Rocketdyne said earlier this month it is preparing for the second phase of its "competitive improvement program," which will consolidate additional company facilities.

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  • DOT&E: Operational test workforce 'steadily declining'

    The Pentagon's operational test workforce has been shrinking and is expected to be 42 percent smaller in 2020 than it was in 2010, according to a recent report sent to lawmakers by the Defense Department's top weapons tester.

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  • DIUx remains a priority under Mattis

    The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, which faced an uncertain future at the start of the Trump administration, remains a priority now that Defense Secretary James Mattis runs the Pentagon and reports directly to him in the same way it did with his predecessor, Ash Carter, who established DIUx to inject greater innovation into the acquisition system.

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