According to an Air Combat Command release, the first of USAF’s new regional acquisition centers went online Jan. 1. The San Antonio-base center will handle contracting actions for the southwest region, one of five regional centers USAF intends to establish. According to ACC contracting chief, Col. David Glowacki, the action will reduce the size of individual contracting squadrons at bases by half or more. He said that those wing-level contracting forces that remain will “provide business advisory support for the installation and help them develop requirements and get those requirements into that [regional] system.”
A majority of panelists convened by the Atlantic Council to assess the situation in Ukraine believe that Russia will have enough forces—and recent practice in Belarus—to invade Ukraine within a month. A senior Air Force official concurred, saying the service expects the conflict soon.