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Air Force to Reduce Physical Footprint Amid New Telework Norm; Maj. James Tyhurst Quoted

The U.S. Air Force has commenced efforts to minimize the physical footprint at facilities, as the service continues to implement teleworking. The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) coordinated with installation leaders to gather data on unit space allocations, unit telework plans, building floor plans, building condition and mission dependency.

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Report: President Trump Plans to Name Basil Parker as Federal CIO, Camilo Sandoval as Federal CISO

President Trump intends to appoint Basil Parker, chief of staff at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as the next federal chief information officer and Camilo Sandoval, former acting CIO at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), as federal chief information security officer. Parker would succeed two-time Wash100 Award winner Suzette Kent

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Future of Defense Task Force Report Calls for US to Lead AI Race, Ensure Supply Chain Resiliency

A report by a congressional task force has strongly recommended that the United States win the artificial intelligence race to ensure the resiliency of the supply chain within civilian and military sectors and “identify, replace, and retire costly and ineffective legacy platforms.” The bipartisan Future of Defense Task Force consists of House lawmakers presented the report to the House Armed Services Committee.

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Donald Trump to Nominate Former Airman Brian Davis for Assistant Defense Secretary Role

President Trump intends to nominate Brian Davis, director of the Defense Personnel and Family Support Center, for the role of assistant defense secretary for manpower and reserve affairs. Davis brings years of U.S. Air Force experience, having served as an officer with the 77th Air Refueling Squadron, the 459th Operations Group and the 507th Air Refueling Wing.

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USAF Signs $67M in Contracts to Advance Virtual Training; Maj. Mark Budgeon Quoted

The U.S. Air Force has allocated $67 million in contracts to develop the service branch’s virtual training. The work under the contract will provide airmen with new training platforms to help educate on aircraft and other systems, as the military continues to social distance during the ongoing pandemic.

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Will Roper Eyes Autonomous Capabilities for Air Force’s Future Tankers

Will Roper, assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics at the U.S. Air Force and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said a redesign of the KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft’s remote vision system is driving the service to plan for the possible integration of autonomous or semi-autonomous capabilities into its next tanker, the Military website reported Thursday.

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Will Roper: Digital Engineering Can Drive New Capabilities for US Air Force

Will Roper, the U.S. Air Force’s acquisition head and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, said during the Air Force Digital Campaign’s first virtual industry event that digital engineering can significantly drive the development of new capabilities. Gen. Arnold Bunch noted that the Digital Campaign initiative comes as part of efforts to align with the National Defense Strategy.

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USAF Selects BlackBerry Spark to Support UEM and UES; John Chen Quoted

BlackBerry Limited has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to integrate BlackBerry Spark that will support secure productivity. The Air Force will have access to the company’s Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) and Unified Endpoint Security (UES), under the recent agreement. BlackBerry Spark will enable the federal government and enterprises to modernize digital infrastructure.

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DARPA Provides Two Support Tools for Advanced Battle Mgmt System Demo

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency contributed two technologies to a demonstration of the U.S. Air Force's new integrated situational awareness system. DARPA said Friday it provided a decision-making support tool and a software integration toolchain to support testing of the Advanced Battle Management System. The demonstration ran from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4.

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Air Force Activates 867th Cyberspace Operations Group; Col. Jeffrey Phillips Quoted

The U.S. Air Force reorganized some units in order to form a new cyber group in support of U.S. Cyber Command in an effort to bring together cyber developers, operators and intelligence forces. The 867th cyberspace operations group at Fort Meade in Maryland will operate under the 67th cyberspace wing

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