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Posted 10/10/2014 Printable Fact Sheet

AFLCMC CrestThe Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is one of five centers reporting to the Air Force Materiel Command. Led by a 3-star general officer, AFLCMC is charged with life cycle management of Air Force weapon systems from their inception to retirement.

The AFLCMC mission: 
 "Acquire and Support War-Winning Capabilities" 

Our motto:
"AFLCMC...Providing the Warfighter's Edge" 

Adherence to AFLCMC principles enables AFLCMC people to meet their goal to "Deliver to Commitments"
  • Speed with Discipline
  • Trust & Confidence
  • Unity of Purpose
AFLCMC was designed to provide a single face and voice to customers, holistic management of weapon systems across their life cycles, and to simplify and consolidate staff functions and processes to curtail redundancy and enhance efficiency. In addition AFLCMC's operating structure provides an integrated framework for decision making and process optimization across the weapon system life cycle.

AFLCMC people work closely with their counterparts at the other four AFMC centers, each with a core mission focus: Air Force Research Laboratory (science & technology); Air Force Test Center (test & evaluation); Air Force Sustainment Center (maintenance, repair, overhaul and supply chain management); and Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (strategic systems).


AFLCMC's portfolio includes: Information Technology systems and networks; Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems; armaments; strategic systems; aerial platforms; and various specialized or supporting systems such as simulators and personal equipment. AFLCMC also executes sales of aircraft and other defense-related equipment while building security assistance relationships with foreign partner nation air forces.

Approximately 26,000 AFLCMC airmen, civilian and contractor employees perform center missions from some 75 locations.

The AFLCMC commander is responsible for the organize, train and equip
functions of the center to include life-cycle management processes and is
supported by staff and functional offices such as Judge Advocate,
Safety and Director of Personnel.

Each Program Office reports to one of 10 Program Executive Officers (PEOs) who are accountable for the activities within their portfolio and who report to the Air Force Service Acquisition Executive at the Pentagon (Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition).

AFLCMC execution directorates provide direct program support such as engineering, technical order management, developmental planning, contracting, and source selection assistance.

The execution directorates include: Technical Engineering Services; Intelligence; Cost and Financial Analysis; Program Development & Integration; Contracting Execution; and Program Execution. The Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate oversees execution of the foreign military sales mission. The High Power Directed Energy Program Directorate executes directed energy capabilities and reports to the Missile Defense Agency.  A Propulsion Directorate headquartered at Tinker AFB, Okla., oversees engine acquisition executed at Wright-Patterson and engine product support accomplished at Tinker.

The 66th Air Base Group at Hanscom AFB, Mass., and the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson AFB provide base operating support at those locations and also report to AFLCMC.


The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center activated on July 9, 2012. It is a key element of AFMC's transition from 12 to five centers. Key goals of AFLCMC are to improve weapon system acquisition and product support, simplify and reduce overhead structure, and eliminate redundancies by consolidating staff functions and processes.

The AFLCMC consolidated missions previously performed by the Aeronautical Systems Center and Air Force Security Assistance Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom AFB and the Air Armament Center at Eglin AFB, Fla.

One of the AFLCMC's signature elements is to provide oversight of most program office personnel previously aligned in Aerospace Sustainment Directorates at each of the three former Air Logistics Centers located at Robins, Hill, and Tinker Air Force Bases. These program offices remain in place but now report to PEOs in the AFLCMC.

(As of June 2013)

Fact Sheet Point of Contact:
88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH
(937) 522-3252

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