McAleese & Associates has released a report on a speech by Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, at the Defense Program Conference held Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Roper said the service is accelerating work on hypersonics and noted about Lockheed Martinâs (NYSE: LMT) involvement in the development of the technology through several programs, Jim McAleese, founder and principal atÂ McAleese & Associates and aÂ 2019 Wash100 winner, wrote in the report.
Those programs include the Air Forceâs Hypersonic Conventional Strike WeaponÂ and the Air-launched Rapid Response WeaponÂ system.
Roper, a 2019 Wash100 recipient, cited the military branchâs plan to achieve $15B in savings on the T-X trainer aircraft, UH-1N helicopter replacement project and the GPS III competition at the event hosted by McAleese and Credit Suisse.
According to the report, Roper is excited to use the âdigital engineering designâ process on the $63B Ground Based Strategic DeterrentÂ program because of the approachâs capability to provide real-time design tradeoffs.
He also mentioned the Air Forceâs implementation of the Agile DevOps process in software development; Chinaâs potential adoption of a âspiral developmentâ approach to next-generation air dominance; and the serviceâs Skyborg artificial intelligence-based aerial drone program, McAleese added.
The Air Force recently issued a request for information on the availability of autonomous unmanned combat vehicles as part of the Skyborg program.