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BURLINGTON, Mass. -- Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore II, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, presents his "State of LCMC" briefing to a packed ballroom at the Marriott Hotel Feb. 12. Moore discussed the Center's transformation, including highlights of the past year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rick Berry)
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Center commander updates progress during State of LCMC

Posted 2/14/2013   Updated 2/14/2013 Email story   Print story

    


by Patty Welsh
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs


2/14/2013 - BURLINGTON, Mass. -- BURLINGTON, Mass. - Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore II, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, highlighted progress, challenges and the importance of Hanscom to the Center during the first "State of LCMC" at the Marriott Hotel here Feb. 12.

Mentioning Department of Defense strategic guidance, Moore told the crowd that the state of AFLCMC is "strong" and it supports nearly every National Strategic Priority. With regard to Hanscom, he emphasized topics such as communication networks and cyberspace in the "Operate Effectively in Cyberspace and Space" category.

He added that the Center exists to provide warfighters the edge.

"The work at Hanscom - command and control, mission planning, cyber security - it touches every single system we're [AFLCMC] producing and supporting," Moore said.

Saying that standing up LCMC to its current status of initial operational capability, plus four months, has been a "fast moving train," the general stressed the significant changes that have occurred.

Previously, in the acquisition community, program managers would work to develop, produce and field items, and someone else would worry about the sustainment piece. Under LCMC, each PM is responsible for the entire life cycle and is held accountable for all aspects.

Moore said this is no simple task, as LCMC encompasses approximately 450 investment programs, 500 sustainment programs and 1,450 joint/international cases. There are 77 locations, which provide support to more than 100 nations.

The general also talked about AFLCMC's strategic objectives. The two primary ones are to: deliver cost-effective acquisition solutions and deliver affordable and effective product support. There are also four enabling objectives.

While talking about the objectives, Moore ensured the audience that the initiatives that were begun under Lt. Gen. Charles Davis when he was commander of the Electronic Systems Center have been incorporated into the new Center's strategic plan.

"When we did the hand-off from ESC to LCMC, we didn't lose sight of the initiatives," he said. "We are using them as momentum to help make the Center stronger."

Some of those initiatives include: building an architecture and standards group; reducing costs associated with acquiring and maintaining IT infrastructure; and helping standup an Air Force CIO IT Governance Process.

Cross-portfolio and cross-enterprise work were additional areas Moore emphasized. He highlighted some Hanscom-specific programs in those areas, such as C3I and Networks establishing foundations for a 5th to 4th generation tactical fighter communication system and Battle Management participating in the strategic IT governance process. He also mentioned the iGAL personnel accounting system, which originated at Hanscom but is now being used across the Center.

"Team Hanscom is a strong pillar of the enterprise," the general said.

For the future, Moore said the Center has identified the 40 most critical processes and will be looking to baseline and standardize them to provide capabilities faster and more affordably.

He said he knows that budget uncertainty will continue to be a challenge, but he urged everyone to stay focused on the mission.

"We are still a nation at war and there are still people being shot at out there," he added.

The general also encouraged everyone to be good wingmen to each other.

"Team Hanscom is integral to where we're taking the Center," Moore said. "We can't do it without you and we'll get better because of the likes of you."

The "State of LCMC" presentation was sponsored by the Lexington-Concord Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.



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