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e Air Force this year has reorganized
its business and acquisition operations to
become more cost-e ective and take bet-
ter advantage of commercially available
e restructuring of agencies under the
Air Force Materiel Command has major
implications for the service s future cyber
operations, since one of its major goals is to
standardize infrastructure and platforms.
e moves include establishment of the
new Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center (AFLCMC) at Wright-Patterson
Air Force Base in Ohio. is center is
charged with managing all the service s
weapons systems, from inception to retire-
ment. Under its control are 10 program ex-
ecutive o ces (PEOs), including a new one
for command, control, communications,
information and networks (C3I&N) at
Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. is new
o ce is charged with integrating cyber
capabilities across all Air Force programs.
"We re trying to basically create a busi-
ness model similar to how [the Defense
Information Systems Agency] is a provider
for DOD," said Tim Rudolph, chief tech-
nology o cer for the Life Cycle Manage-
ment Center, speaking in a recent Defense
Systems webinar. "I think the model is ac-
tually a very powerful one."
PEO C3I&N is led by Maj. Gen. Craig
Olson, formerly the Business Enterprise
Systems program executive o cer, who
told an industry group on Oct. 25 that the
reorganization under AFLCMC would
emphasize better cooperation among
PEOs and with industry.
"Cross-PEO integration is now more
important than ever before," he said.
" ere can be no walls between the PEOs."
Olson s PEO will provide the network
infrastructure that all Air Force applica-
tions ride on and be the lead agency in
de ning requirements for cyber, networks,
cryptographic and data links. He will also
have a seat at Air Force Secretary Michael
Donley s new CIO Governance Board,
which will direct future Air Force cyber
and IT investments.
e restructuring also includes combin-
ing Hanscom s Battle Management and
eater Command and Control PEOs into
a single PEO called Battle Management,
also based at Hansom AFB, which will be
responsible for mission planning, operations
centers, theater command, communication
and control, strategic surveillance, aerospace
management, and intelligence processing,
exploitation and dissemination. e head
of that new organization is Steven Wert, a
member of the Senior Executive Service
who was the program executive o cer for
PEO eater Command and Control.
Rudolph said the reorganization better
aligns PEOs with their responsibilities and
creates e ciencies through a common in-
frastructure under AFLCMC. e move
also helps speed the acquisition process for
new technologies, and enables the service to
more e ectively counter sophisticated cyber
threats, he said.
O cials look forward to input from in-
dustry to ensure they are seeking proven
solutions to the military s needs in an atmo-
sphere of greater cost constraints. "I think
that s the only e ective way," Rudolph said.
e Air Force -- like other military ser-
vices -- has emphasized o -the-shelf, open
technology in its acquisition strategy, which
Rudolph said is able to provide a richer range
of capabilities, better interoperability and
more security. "Gravitating toward these so-
lutions ultimately makes sense," he said.
As an example of how open technology
was transforming acquisition, he cited the
Air Operations Center weapons system un-
der development by Northrop Grumman.
e system gives the Air Force an enhanced
operational-level theater command and
control capability in air, space and cyber do-
mains in a single computing environment.
Industry leaders have responded posi-
tively to the reorganization.
"I think the concept makes sense,"
said Michael Twyman, vice president of
Northrop Grumman s Defense Systems
Division, who also spoke in the Defense
Systems webinar and noted that rapidly
emerging cyber threats require an evolution
of DOD acquisitions practices.
" e thing we re all waiting for, of course,
is what new things are they going to buy and
when," he said. ■
AIR FORCE IT REORGANIZATION
Air Force centralizes cyber control
under new reorganization plan
The Air Force s concept for reorganizing its
business and acquisition operations will help
it keep pace with emerging cyber threats,
agreed Tim Rudolph, chief technology of cer
at the Air Force Life Cycle Management
Center, left, and Michael Twyman, vice
president of Northrop Grumman s defense
systems division, speaking in a Defense
Service consolidates its IT business and acquisition operations to become more
cost-effective and bene t from commercial technologies
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