Archive: Air Force

U.S. Joint Forces Command Creates Irregular Warfare Center

By Ann Roosevelt VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) June 1 created an Irregular Warfare Center (IWC), expected to be fully operational late summer or early fall, with 30 to 40 people, a command official said. "Irregular warfare applies across the entire spectrum," Rear Adm. John Richardson, JFCOM J5, director, Strategy and Policy Directorate, […]

Fixing Defense Acquisition Key To Joint Warfighting, Officials Agree

By Ann Roosevelt VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.–Fixing defense acquisition is vital for joint and coalition forces to be dominant, relevant and ready to face the challenges of the 21st century, officials said. "What we should be doing is emphasizing system of systems…for 21st century missions," said Jacques Gansler, former DoD acquisition chief now at the University […]

New AT&L Shop For Space And Intel Acquisition Oversight Established

By Emelie Rutherford A new organization within the Pentagon acquisition chief’s office responsible for all acquisition oversight of Defense Department space and intelligence programs has been officially established with Joshua Hartman at the helm. Hartman was designated acting director of the Space and Intelligence Capabilities organization within the office of Under Secretary of Defense for […]

Capitol Hill Braces For GAO’s Decision On Air Force Tanker Protest This Week

By Emelie Rutherford With the Government Accountability Office’s decision on Boeing’s [BA] protest of the Air Force tanker contract to Northrop Grumman [NOC] expected this Thursday, lawmakers on both sides of the battle last week ramped up their rhetoric and eyed post-decision strategies. Boeing supporters have been very vocal on Capitol Hill, with Sen. Patty […]

BAE Completes Purchase of MTC Technologies

BAE Systems said this week it has completed its acquisition of MTC Technologies in a $450 million deal that expands BAE’s business in the United States as well as its worldwide services business. United Kingdom-based BAE said the acquisition will expand its capabilities in the areas of readiness and sustainment. MTC’s customers are largely within […]

Tanker Protest Watchers Await Confirmation of Air Force Nominations

By Emelie Rutherford Congress should move quickly to confirm a new Air Force secretary and chief of staff so questions about the protested tanker contract can be answered and the process ahead is not hampered, observers said. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced yesterday he recommended President Bush nominate U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) head Gen. Norton […]

Young Creating Director-Level Position In OSD AT&L For Space and Intelligence

By Emelie Rutherford The Pentagon’s acquisition chief said he is creating a director level-position for space and intelligence capabilities in his office to ensure "corporate-level oversight" of such systems including satellites. After a string of problems with space programs, Pentagon undersecretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics (USD AT&L) John Young last week indicated he planned […]

Wynne, Moseley Resignations Fuel Criticisms of Air Force Acquisitions

By Emelie Rutherford Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne and Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley’s resignations yesterday are being seized on by congressional critics of Air Force acquisition decisions. It is expected to factor into lawmakers’ demands that the contested tanker contract be changed, regardless of how the Government Accountability Office intervenes later this month. […]

Sonobuoy SBIR Effort Gaining Interest From Other Services

By Geoff Fein KaZak Composites, Inc., has developed a sonobuoy that can be deployed from a Navy P-3C aircraft from an altitude of 30,000 feet and from a distance of 30 miles from a target, a company official said. Currently, P-3s have to fly at low altitudes to drop sonobuoys to prevent damaging the sonobouy. […]

Young Keeping Close Eye On Air Force’s Next-Generation Bomber Plans

By Emelie Rutherford The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer said after refusing to sign off on plans for the Air Force’s next-generation bomber last year he is waiting to hear an independent assessment of the program as the service reexamines its requirements and he seeks to learn more. Pentagon acquisition chief John Young said Tuesday that […]