Despite there being only a “single known supplier”—USAF’s new buzz phrase for “sole source”—for the new Air Force One, the service is looking to compete as much of the program as possible, Secretary Deborah Lee James said Wednesday. In a statement announcing the choice of the 747-8 as the platform for the next Air Force One, James said the only other modern, four-engine aircraft in the class of the Dash-8’s size is the Airbus A380, and it was important that the airplane be made in America as a symbol of the nation. James issued a “determinations and findings” document authorizing an aircraft purchase by “other than full and open competition” because of the unique circumstances. The finding is not a contract; that will come after negotiations, a service spokesman said. James recently said she’ll try to inject competition into contracting wherever possible, even when there’s a sole source. USAF wants to own “enough of the technical baseline” for the Air Force One “to permit competition for sustainment throughout the aircraft’s planned 30-year life cycle,” a spokesman said. Competition is expected to “keep costs down, spur innovation, and provide options.” James also wants competition on the subsystems, and USAF will be involved even if Boeing runs the subsystems contest, she said. Other strategies to hold down costs will include the “use of proven technologies and commercially certified equipment.” Boeing issued a statement saying, “we look forward to working with the Air Force and continuing to draw on our more than 50-year experience with this program.”
Feb. 28, 2021
In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, Air Force Magazine is posting daily recollections from the six-week war, which expelled Iraq from occupied Kuwait.
Feb. 26, 2021
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Roth, NORAD’s Gen. VanHerck, U.S. Space Command’s Gen. Dickinson, Spark Tank, and more from Day 3 of the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.
Feb. 26, 2021
A crew chief and production superintendent from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., took home the 3D-printed trophy in the Department of the Air Force’s Spark Tank innovation contest for a simple idea he predicts could “solve a lot of issues across the aircraft community.” Master Sgt. Justin Bauer pitched his…
The first flight of the AGM-183A hypersonic missile will happen within a week, experts reported Feb. 26 at AFA's virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium. The Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon will fly soon after a failed attempt, which was apparently due to technical and procedural glitches not related to the missile's design.
Air Combat Command is trying to move forward with an experiment it hopes will pave the way for a larger overhaul of fighter pilot training, despite pandemic-era complications. The command is working through the contracting process for the resources it needs to test the “Reforge” idea, ACC boss Gen. Mark…
Feb. 26, 2021
Nearly 140 Air National Guard personnel from Texas and Kentucky have responded to parts of Texas that were devastated by Winter Storm Uri, ANG Director Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh told reporters Feb. 26. The polar vortex ravaged Texas’ power grid and deprived many citizens of running water.
The head of Air Combat Command isn't sure the cost of operating the F-35 will hit the desired $25,000 per hour by 2025, and he's headed out to meetings to see what can be done to make it happen. He's also concerned that China will beat the U.S. to 6th-generation…
The Pentagon’s new Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military has 90 days to find ways to combat the problem within the ranks, and the group will consider all options to address an issue that has “shattered the dreams” of many service members who joined with optimism about…
Feb. 26, 2021
Air Education and Training Command has incorporated a focus on human performance optimization—which includes personal resilience, health, fitness, diet, and mental performance—into its Undergraduate Pilot Training 2.5 program, 19th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills said at the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.