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AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS CENTER

Posted 5/14/2012 Printable Fact Sheet

Located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Aeronautical Systems Center is the largest of three product centers within Air Force Materiel Command. The center designs, develops and delivers dominant aerospace weapon systems and capabilities for the U.S. Air Force, other U.S. military, allied and coalition-partner warfighters, in support of Air Force leadership priorities.

ASC manages 466 Air Force, joint and international aircraft acquisition programs and related projects; executes an annual budget of approximately $23 billion and employs a work force of more than 10,600 people, located at Wright-Patt and 38 other locations worldwide.

In July 2010 ASC reorganized into a directorate, division, and branch structure, as part of the Air Force Acquisition Improvement Plan. Five new Program Executive Officer positions were created for a total of six to address span of control, enable greater depth of knowledge of programs in assigned portfolios and allow PEOs to focus on program execution. Each PEO reports on their portfolio to the Service Acquisition Executive at the Pentagon. This initiative is designed to establish clear lines of authority and accountability within acquisition organizations.

The ASC commander remains the Air Force's PEO for aircraft systems. He is joined by PEOs for:
  • Fighters and Bombers
  • Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance / Special Operations Forces
  • Mobility
  • Agile Combat Support
  • KC-X tanker acquisition
The center focuses on speed and innovation in acquisition management, as well as on rapid transition of technology into systems, business practices, development and retention of a high performance work force, and formation of strong partnerships with war-fighting operators in the field, industry and the local community.

To deliver war-winning capabilities, ASC manages a wide variety of aircraft and related equipment programs. These include the F-22 Raptor, B-2 Spirit bomber, and MC-12 ISR platform, as well as Global Hawk, Predator and Reaper remotely piloted aircraft systems for Air Combat Command. ASC also manages the C-17 Globemaster III and C-130J Hercules airlift fleet for Air Mobility Command. In addition, the center manages upgrades to AMC's C-5 and C-130 aircraft.

ASC people also support legacy systems like the AC-130U gunship and MC-130 Combat Talon II, for Air Force Special Operations Command, and the T-6A Texan II Joint Primary Aircraft Training System and T-1A Jayhawk, for Air Education and Training Command.

The center develops and acquires simulator systems; propulsion systems; equipment to resolve aging aircraft issues; and, electronic systems for targeting, electronic warfare, reconnaissance and other combat functions.

The Air Force Uniform Office oversees design and wear-testing of the entire range of uniforms worn by Air Force personnel.

ASC also provides resource support for the F-35 Lightning II and Airborne Laser Testbed (ABLT). Three variants of the F-35--the Department of Defense's next generation strike aircraft for the Navy, Air Force, Marines and our allies--are designed to bring cutting-edge, affordable technologies to the battle space of the future. The ABLT is a directed-energy, flying test bed which incorporates advanced sensors and a megawatt-class High Energy Laser.

Center acquisition experts interface daily with AFMC's Air Force Research Laboratory, also headquartered at Wright-Patterson. The two units maintain a strong, symbiotic relationship that helps set the laboratory's research agenda and ensures a continuous flow of critical, advanced technology for weapon systems developed by ASC.

Another part of the center, its 88th Air Base Wing, is the host unit at Wright-Patterson AFB, serving organizations on base and at other locations in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky. The wing provides all of the services associated with life in a small city, including force protection, warehousing, supply, transportation, education, recreation and shopping facilities. It operates the airfield and a contingency aerial port, which deploys military assets throughout the world. In addition, the wing is home to the 88th Medical Group, which operates the Wright-Patterson Medical Center, a major regional military medical treatment facility.

In addition, ASC has access to the Simulation and Analysis Facility, a major hub connecting developers and researchers at Wright-Patterson with others across the Air Force, DoD and industry. These two facilities allow scientists and engineers who are wrestling with future weapon system integration and operational issues the opportunity to visualize, build, test and evaluate those systems in a virtual environment before work is initiated and significant money is spent.

Capabilities provided by all of these units and facilities are part of ASC's
multi-faceted support for overseas contingency operations. That support not only includes rapid development of urgently needed weapon systems, but also extends to helping Air Force planners decide how best to train for and employ those new weapon systems. Center experts have networked training simulators for ASC-developed platforms into vast DoD war-gaming exercises, contributing a level of reality and detail which was impossible in previous decades. In addition, the center routinely deploys troops to Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations.

From troops to technologically-advanced weapon systems to training simulators, ASC provides comprehensive combat capability for U.S., allied and coalition partner warfighters.

Proposed AFMC Restructure and ASC

In November 2011, Air Force Materiel Command officials announced the command's 5-Center Restructure plan.  Under the proposed plan, ASC, along with Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom AFB, Mass., and Air Armament Center at Eglin AFB, Fla., will inactivate. A new organization called the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) will stand up with its headquarters at Wright-Patterson AFB which consolidates the missions previously performed by AAC, ASC, ESC, and the three Aerospace Sustainment Directorates located at Robins, Hill and Tinker Air Force Bases. Also joining AFLCMC will be the new Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate, formerly  the Air Force Security Assistance Center, a newly designated Propulsion Directorate lead out of Tinker AFB, and the 88th Air Base WIng and 66th Air Base Group. Officials continue to plan toward stand up of the initial center framework to enable Initial Operational Capability later this year.


For more information contact the 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office, 5215 Thurlow St, Bldg 70, Suite 4B, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-5543. Telephone: (937) 522-3252.

(Current as of May 2012)





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