Heather Wilson, secretary of theÂ U.S. Air ForceÂ and a 2018 Wash100 awardee, warns the service branch mustÂ modernize its software acquisition process to keep up with the technological advances of adversaries.
Wilson notedÂ during an Aug. 27th conference that documents such as the U.S. Air Force Weapons Systems Software Management Guidebook contain outdated practices that inhibit modernization, the branchÂ said Thursday.
âWeâre going to accelerate to a new future driven by the threat that we face and move to a new paradigm for software development,â Wilson commented.
The Air Force is workingÂ to adopt new acquisition strategies such as employing Software-as-a-Service to create a faster decision-making and assessment process. Adopting a modern hardware and software acquisition plan will alsoÂ lead to quickerÂ implementation of the National Defense Strategy.
Wilson added that the strategyÂ directs the Air Force to maintain its competitive edge in every domain and prepare for peer-to-peer conflict.