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Frank Kendall

Andrew Hunter, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, speaks during the panel discussion “Answering the Warfighters’ Needs” at the Air and Space Forces Association 2023 Warfare Symposium in Aurora, Colo., March 7, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photo by Eric Dietrich)

Air Force aims to field new moving target indication capability in 2027

The new capability is currently being funded by the Defense Department's Quick Start authorities, according to an Air Force spokesperson.
Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the fiscal year 2025 budget requests for the Department of the Air Force and Space Force, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., April 9, 2024. Kendall was joined by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Chief of Space Operations during the hearing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andy Morataya)

Air Force using ‘Quick Start’ authorities for resilient GPS, moving target indication programs

The new Quick Start rapid acquisition authority allows the Air Force and other services to begin development on new programs without a congressionally approved budget.
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B-52 Stratofortress crews from the 23rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota and the 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, participated in hypersonic weapon familiarization training at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb. 27, 2024. Hypersonics is an attribute being pursued for advanced munitions. The Department of Defense is developing hypersonic science and technology to ensure the U.S. can rapidly transition operational hypersonic systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Pedro Tenorio)

Air Force not planning to buy any ARRW hypersonic missiles in fiscal 2025

Meanwhile, the Air Force is requesting $517 million for another weapon known as the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile (HACM).
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Allvin delivers a keynote address on the state of the U.S. Air Force during the Air and Space Forces Association 2024 Warfare Symposium in Aurora, Colo., Feb. 13, 2024. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Olivia Stecker)

Allvin: Congressional budget impasse poses challenges to Air Force reorganization 

Leaders at the Pentagon have repeatedly stressed that continuing resolutions negatively impact the department’s plans to maintain readiness and introduce new warfighting technologies. 
Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall delivers a keynote address at the Air and Space Forces Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept 11, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andy Morataya)

Kendall introduces sweeping changes to ‘reoptimize,’ modernize Department of Air Force

The many changes include a new organization that will drive modernization efforts across the Air and Space Forces, known as the Integrated Capabilities Office.
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