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Sitting in the audience of approximately 150 were three teenage scholarship recipients, each headed into their first year of college. Kayla King, daughter of one of Hanscom’s Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks division chiefs, said she plans to use her scholarship at the University of Arkansas, where she’ll study computer science. Kenneth Armijo, headed to Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts, says he will be studying robotics engineering. Douglas Amirault is looking to study computer science and math at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Crider: Solve problems that matter with data
Crider also cited innovative data experimentation efforts led by the Multi-Domain Command and Control team at Hanscom as the basis for insights that will integrate command and control capabilities for the warfighter.
0 7/12
2018
Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt looks over acquisition strategies with his deputy, Scott Owens, at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Friday, May 18. Schmidt and Owens recently took over leadership of the C3I&N directorate in April and say they are working towards enabling a workforce which acquires systems at the speed technology evolves. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Todd Maki) Schmidt digs into network acquisition
“It’s harder, in this portfolio, to visualize what we’re giving to the warfighter than some of the other three PEO’s I’ve had the privilege to lead,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt. “But make no mistake, it doesn’t matter if you have the coolest B-21 or F-35 in the air, it won’t do any good for you without the awareness generated by networks we manage here.”
0 5/23
2018
Lt. Col. Chris and Maj. Matt, 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, prepare to fly the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node’s 10,000th mission in an aircraft, Feb. 24, 2017. The BACN weapons system was developed to fulfill an urgent need in Afghanistan where communication is difficult. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) BACN goes global after delivering CENTCOM comms for 9 years
Making BACN a program of record is a way to formalize requirements and set up a predictable budget. The change happened officially March 30. For a system that has proved its value to warfighters for nearly a decade, becoming a POR means the program office here can bring better communications to any theater, while performing training, experimentation and testing to make the system more effective and user-friendly.
0 5/01
2018
C3I&N, AFLCMC, Hanscom, PEO, Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management C3I&N PEO retires, asks Airmen to remember heritage
Dennis talks a lot about family, and sometimes it’s unclear whether he’s talking about his personal life or his work life. The two overlap significantly. His son is a second lieutenant in the Battle Management Directorate here, working in a program office for AWACS that closely resembles Dennis’ second assignment after commissioning. He was a program manager at Hanscom in the formerly known Electronic Systems Division from 1984-1989.
0 4/09
2018
U.S. Air Force Capt. Trevor Millette, 71st Rescue Squadron pilot, taxis an HC-130J Combat King II on the unimproved landing zone on Bemiss Field, July 29, 2016, at Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range, Ga. This flight marked the first time an HC-130J landed at the ULZ on Bemiss Field, which was previously used for airdrops and helicopter landings. The landing validated the pilot’s training for future operations in austere locations and met requirements for training that cannot be accomplished on paved runways or assault strips. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)
Deployable landing system gives pilots global reach
Airmen with the 46th Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, worked for several months to learn the setup process and basic maintenance of the D-ILS system. Their efforts will help standardize the setup checklists all air traffic control systems Airmen will use assembling D-ILS units around the globe. Developed runways have permanent systems, but undeveloped runways sometimes have no electronic landing system capability. D-ILS provides instrument landing capabilities where they never existed, or where they have been degraded by enemy action or natural disasters. It facilitates humanitarian relief operations and supports the 24-hour, 365-day potential operational footprint of the U.S. Air Force.
0 11/22
2017
Potentially counterfeit circuit board. Fraud Working Group keeps supply chain genuine, safe
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Hanscom personnel can learn how to respond to reports of counterfeit materials supplied by manufacturers and potentially receive continuous learning points if they attend a an Air Force Fraud Working Group meeting Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. in the Conference Center here. The group meets biannually, providing real-world
0 10/19
2017
Mini Crypto is a self-contained encryption engine that generates its own session based “key.” Designed to be small and lightweight, it is about the size of a cracker. Its power requirement is roughly the same as a hearing aid, at 400 milliwatts, meaning it can be installed on equipment carried by one-person parties operating as scouts and forward air controllers. A chip that scrambles
Mini Crypto is a self-contained encryption engine that generates its own session based “key.” Designed to be small and lightweight, it is about the size of a cracker.
0 10/03
2017
The Thor weather forecasting supercomputer acquired in May 2017 by Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., generates thunderstorm likelihood and potential, and compiles many other weather scenarios that could impact military operations. When purchased, Thor was ranked the 150th most powerful supercomputer on earth, and is now located at Offutt AFB, Neb. (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Benjamin Newell) Supercomputing the weather with ‘Thor’
Thor models global weather patterns and provides individual air bases and army units with specific forecasts for areas as small as 17 square kilometers. The computer system is comprised of nearly 1,000 individual blade servers. Thor’s increased capacity allows weather Airmen at Offutt to generate initial conditions and process them. Locally produced baseline data, combined with Thor’s increased processing speed, results in forecasts reaching the warfighter in half the time. This gives forecasters and mission planners up to three extra hours to exploit forecasts.
0 8/24
2017
Capt. Evangeline Fleischaker, Early Warning System program lead from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., briefs a traditional acquisition approach during the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Transformational Innovation’s pilot acquisition wargame June 30, 2017, at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Fleischaker’s team was challenged to find a solution for a malware vulnerability that could, in the premise of the wargame, disable nearly a million desktop, laptop and mobile devices during a wargame held June 26-30. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Newell) Acquisition as wargame
The Pentagon’s Air Force acquisition office challenged teams to protect nearly one million users from dangerous malware during a pilot wargame held June 26-30 at the Hanscom Conference Center here.The wargame scenario was ripped from the headlines and one of the three participating teams were required to abide by the strictest interpretations of
0 7/14
2017
Capt. Evangeline Fleischaker, Early Warning System program lead from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., briefs a traditional acquisition approach during the Secretary of the Air Force Office of Transformational Innovation’s pilot acquisition wargame June 30, 2017, at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Fleischaker’s team was challenged to find a solution for a malware vulnerability that could, in the premise of the wargame, disable nearly a million desktop, laptop and mobile devices during a wargame held June 26-30. (U.S. Air Force photo by Benjamin Newell) Acquisition as wargame
The Pentagon’s Air Force acquisition office challenged teams to protect nearly one million users from dangerous malware during a pilot wargame held June 26-30 at the Hanscom Conference Center here.The wargame scenario was ripped from the headlines and one of the three participating teams were required to abide by the strictest interpretations of
0 7/07
2017
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