Gen Gregory S. Martin (USAF, ret.), Chair | Mr. Terry Jaggers, Director |
The Air Force Studies Board is where the nation turns for independent and informed assessments of a diversity of subjects of importance to the United States Air Force.
The ability of the United States Air Force (USAF) to keep its aircraft operating in acceptable operational condition, in wartime and in peacetime, has been vital to the Air Force since its inception. This is a much larger issue for the Air Force today, having been at war for 20 years, with its aircraft platforms becoming increasingly expensive to operate and maintain, and with military budgets assured further reduction. The vast and complex Air Force weapon system sustainment enterprise is currently constrained by many variables (e.g., laws, policies, regulations and procedures, relationships, and organizational issues) emanating from U.S. Congress, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Air Force itself. This report assesses the current and future Air Force weapon system sustainment initiatives and recommends future courses of action for the USAF.
Evaluation of U.S. Air Force Preacquisition Technology Development (2011)
Leaders in the Air Force responsible for science and technology and acquisition are trying to determine the optimal way to utilize existing policies, processes, and resources to properly document and execute pre-program of record technology development efforts, including opportunities to facilitate the rapid acquisition of revolutionary capabilities and the more deliberate acquisition of evolutionary capabilities. This report responds to this need with an examination of the current state of Air Force technology development and the environment in which technology is acquired. The case study considers best practices from both government and industry to distill appropriate recommendations that can be implemented within the USAF.
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