The Electronic Systems Center has awarded Computer Sciences Corp. a contract valued at $627.8 million to set up the Expeditionary Combat Support System, an effort designed to help streamline USAF logistics operations. According to an ESC release, CSC will apply commercial-off-the-shelf software to consolidate logistics processes and make them more user friendly. The new system will replace more than 400 separate current systems. It is scheduled to be fully operational by January 2013.
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force recently, as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S., as the bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.