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Air Force to release FY-17 acquisition report soon

By Rachel Cohen  
March 5, 2018 at 5:10 AM

The Air Force plans to release a report in the next few weeks detailing how its acquisition programs fared in 2017, service spokeswoman Ann Stefanek confirmed Friday.

At the Air Force Association's winter conference in Orlando, FL, service Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters Feb. 22 she asked for the program-by-program report. A follow-up study in a year could look at FY-18 acquisition as well, she said.

"One of the things we'll look at is other transactional authorities, experimentation, prototyping, speed to acquisition, all kinds of stuff," Wilson said.

Stefanek told Inside Defense March 2 the report would summarize major programs and highlight their priorities.

Since her confirmation last May, Wilson has announced multiple new deep-dives into Air Force processes, including a "zero-based review" that studies programs, budgets and manpower to decide how to craft the most cost-effective FY-20 program objective memorandum and future years defense program. Those recommendations are expected out in mid-March.

The Air Force is also working through a yearlong science-and-technology enterprise study to build deeper connections with industry and academia, assess how to maintain the service's technological advantage and where to invest research and development funds. Wilson described that plan at AFA's fall conference last year.

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