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When reading about government contracts for infrastructure, networks and software, it’s easy to get lost in the jargon. At the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., program managers ensure that Air Force customers get the digital capability they need by working with contractors to determine the appropriate type of service. Infrastructure, software and platform “as a service” are the three common types of cloud service contracts. Here’s an easy way to think about these digital service contracts. Sunny future for cloud-hosted AF apps
Moving the portal onto the cloud is part of an ongoing effort to bring potentially hundreds of separate Air Force applications onto cloud-hosted platforms. The portal’s nearly three quarters of a million average users per month won’t see a break in service, but may notice increased reliability as the Air Force moves its software onto more modern hosting systems, provided by vendors like Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Computing Services and Amazon.
0 7/20
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 5/21
2018
Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt, right, takes leadership of the Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks directorate at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., April 13, 2018 from Maj. Gen. Dwyer Dennis, center, who is retiring, during a ceremony at hosted by Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, left, military deputy of the Office of Assistant Secretary of Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon. The change of leadership ceremony was held at the Hanscom Aero Club hangar.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Linda LaBonte Britt) Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt takes over C3I&N Directorate
Schmidt became the Program Executive Officer for a $10.9 billion portfolio. He will oversee 2,200 personnel at two primary operating bases, Hanscom and Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, as well as several smaller offices throughout the continental United States. Distinguished guests from base leadership, other directorates, political offices, community and industry partners as well as families of the incoming and departing C3I&N leaders attended the ceremony at the Hanscom Aero Club hangar.
0 4/13
2018
License Plate Graphic Acquisition Innovation. How to speedily procure secure software. Really.
Developed in 2016, the three-month Advanced Tactical Acquisition Corps program selects up-and-coming acquisition professionals across the acquisition community and charges them to develop solutions to the biggest problems in military procurement. The team tackled how to acquire software using agile methods, while adhering to stringent and necessary cyber security requirements.
0 12/15
2017
AFLCMC CGO Hanscom CGO semifinalist in entertainment competition
An Air Force Life Cycle Management Center company grade officer here won the instrumental category for the 2017 Air Force Entertainer of the Year, but failed to advance as one of three in the competition.
0 11/15
2017
Acquisition awards presented Hanscom personnel capture AFLCMC acquisition awards
The winners of 2017 Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Acquisition Management awards were announced during a ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, Nov. 7.
0 11/09
2017
seven of the eight Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Financial Management Airmen who earned annual awards Aug. 29 for managing more than $4 billion in Air Force acquisitions. Calculating financial management’s annual awards
Financial Management Airmen from every AFLCMC site provided oversight to more than 22,000 contracts representing $50 billion in Air Force expenditures. Forty-nine judges evaluated 237 nomination packages and settled on awards for 26 AFLCMC individuals and three team categories.
0 8/31
2017
A member of a Cyber Protection Team participates in the Air Force's Exercise Black Demon, designed to validate his ability to protect and defend specific critical missions or assests. Unlike other communications specialists who work to defend and protect an entire network, CPTs have advanced training and skillsets that go deeper into locating and then neutralizing the threats posed to high priority missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Garcia) The story our network tells
By taking the pulse of the Air Force network, Acquisition personnel here hope to improve security, reduce maintenance costs and mine data produced by millions of daily operations.
0 8/18
2017
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