Air Force to Use Rapid Acquisition Authority for New Satellite Program

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By Mandy Mayfield

16 October 2018

The Air Force plans to use authorities granted by Congress to build its next constellation of highly protected military communications satellites, an Air Force official said Oct. 15.

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Col. David Ashley, program manager for the Air Force’s advanced extremely high frequency (AEHF) system, said during a media teleconference that the service will use the Section 804 rapid prototyping and fielding authority for its follow-on to the Advanced-EHF satellite program.

Section 804 is a new approach geared toward streamlining the acquisition process in hopes of bringing operational capabilities to the field in under five years.

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