Archive: Air Force

New Cloud-Based System Kept Air Force Contracting Team Online During Hurricane Michael

A new cloud-based contract management system being rolled out by the Air Force enabled Tyndall Air Force Base officers to continue their work even as Hurricane Michael ravaged the Florida base last month. In 2016, the service announced plans to consolidate several legacy contract writing systems into a single platform known as Contracting Information Technology, […]

U.S. Air Force Exploring Changes to Contract Structures

Military contract structures are changing; They need to to keep up with the pace of technology. Both government and industry are trying to figure out what the future of those contracts needs to look like as everyone tries to match the “speed of relevance” goal set by Defense Secretary James Mattis. “We can’t do software […]

Harris Delivers Sixth GPS III Payload to Lockheed Martin

Harris Corp. [HRS] has delivered its sixth advanced navigation payload to Lockheed Martin [LMT] as part of the Air Force’s GPS III satellite program, the company said Nov. 1. The latest payload is the third GPS III system that Lockheed Martin has received from Harris in the last 12 months, the company said in a […]

Air Force Releases Cause of Fatal 2018 Pave Hawk Accident in Iraq

The Air Force has determined the cause of a fatal accident this past March involving a Pave Hawk helicopter in Iraq that killed all on board. On March 15, an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing under U.S. Central Command struck a galvanized steel cable and crashed near Al Qaim […]

Dunford: More Wargames, Exercises Needed To Better Inform Modernization Budgeting Priorities

The Pentagon’s top military officer on Friday said the department needs to increase its use of war games and exercises to make critical decision on modernization priorities facing potential budget constraints in the near future. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told attendees at the Military Reporters & Editors conference […]

DoD Reveals Six Recommendations to Move Ahead with Space Force

The Pentagon’s second-highest civilian official presented several recommendations that would help the department build a path to a Space Force during a National Space Council public meeting Oct. 23. Representing the Department of Defense (DoD) at the meeting, held at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced six recommendations […]

Air Force Solicitations Include Mid-November Delivery Date for KC-46

The Air Force appears to be targeting a mid-November delivery date for the long-awaited KC-46 air refueling tanker, although several steps are still required before manufacturer Boeing [BA] can hand over the keys. The service Oct .22 released two solicitations via FedBizOpps seeking contractors to provide shuttle and bus services and latrine and trash facilities, […]

DoD: F-22s Suffering Minor Damage to Move to Langley Next Week

Several F-22 fighter jets that sustained minor damage during Hurricane Michael are expected to be moved from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, as early as next week, a Pentagon spokesman said Oct. 22. Following the hurricane’s landfall in the Florida panhandle on Oct. 10, reports emerged that multiple F-22 Raptors that were unable to fly […]

Blue Origin: Reusability Key Factor in Future Air Force Space Architecture

The Air Force is prioritizing reusability for its future space systems as demonstrated in its recent launch service agreement awards, a Blue Origin official said Oct. 19. The service has been “foot-stomping” the idea that reusable launch systems will be part of its next space architecture, as it will improve reliability and lower the cost […]

ULA Completes 50th Launch For U.S. Air Force With AEHF Mission

United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully carried the fourth Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) mission into orbit for the U.S. Air Force on an Atlas V rocket that took off early Wednesday morning from Cape Canaveral. This rocket used was an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) 551 configuration vehicle standing at 197 feet tall, […]