Air Force eyes digital transformation in 2021 budget

Dec. 3, 2019
Roper says he hopes Congress will smile on the Air Force for breaking out of 'Platform Land' and actually put money towards digital transformation.

WASHINGTON – Will Roper, Air Force acquisition czar, says his biggest fear as the service moves to create an ‘Internet of Things’ is whether the service can convince a skeptical Congress to pay for it in the 2021 Pentagon budget. Breaking Defense reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

3 Dec. 2019 -- “It’s a huge risk to put billions of dollars into digital transformation — you can’t take a picture of it, right?” he told said at a briefing this morning at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). But, he said, the concept of an Air Force Internet of Things is not “something we made up,” he stressed. “It exists. We just have to clone it, and maybe add a little more security.”

While acknowledging that convincing Congress to fund a somewhat amorphous, software-based modernization programs, such as the centerpiece Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), is a challenge, Roper waxed hopeful.

ABMS is seen by the Air Force as the central enabler not just to the service’s Multi-Domain Operations (MDA) operations but also for the four services’ MDO plans, known as Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) intended to link all DoD sensors to all service shooters.

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