Air Force Vice Chief: Service Must Shrink Requirements Timeline


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By Yasmin Tadjdeh

As adversaries such as China and Russia continue to invest in new capabilities that can challenge the United States’ military overmatch, the Air Force is looking at ways to speed up technology development, said the service’s vice chief of staff March 7.

One way is to streamline the cumbersome requirements process, said Gen. Stephen W. Wilson. Currently, the service has to go through capabilities-based assessments, analysis of alternatives, initial capabilities documents and other steps before it can begin a program.

The Air Force has “got to change the front-end piece on the requirements,” he said during remarks at the National Defense Industrial Association’s Cyber-Enabled Emerging Technologies Symposium in McLean, Virginia. “It takes way too long before we even start into the acquisition process.”




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