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Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski: Air Force Eyes Streamlined Acquisition Process From Bomber Program Lessons

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Ellen Pawlikowski
Ellen Pawlikowski

The U.S. Air Force has begun to adopt some of the lessons learned from the Long Range Strike Bomber program in an effort to promote best practices and achieve efficiency in the acquisition process, Defense News reported Sunday.

Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, head of the Air Force Materiel Command, said the service branch has collaborated with industry to better identify program requirements as part of its push towards development planning, Lara Seligman writes.

Pawlikowski cited regular reassessments of goals during the acquisition cycle and integration of modeling and simulation work at the early stage of a program as some of the LRS-B lessons the service branch has started to apply in its procurement process, according to the report.

“You get to the point where some of the technology now becomes not just models and simulations, but experimentation,” Pawlikowski said.

“Maybe once a year we cycle back and look at our planning, and you say, ‘this really works and the technology is pretty mature, and we could probably put this on the F-35 in 2025 — we do not need to wait until 2030,’” she added.

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