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  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • Down to one, Hanscom employee waits for a kidney

    Though any available option could grant him healthy years, he’s hoping for a donation from a living organ donor, because they last longer than cadaver kidneys harvested from deceased organ donors.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leave your desk & learn during Focus Week

    Focus week occurs once a quarter and involves several organizations in the acquisition orbit, providing continuous learning points to those on specific career tracks. Distance learning courses will be available through Defense Collaboration Services.
  • Fraud working group focuses on OTAs

    The 10 a.m. to noon event will feature a panel with experts from the Defense Contract Management Agency, as well as a talk from an OTA expert from the Air Force Research Lab. It is open to military and civilian government employees, but not contractors.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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
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