Around the Air Force: AC-130J Ghostrider / Software Engineering


HEY THERE EVERYONE, I’M
SENIOR AIRMAN ANGELO ROSARIO WITH YOUR LOOK
AROUND THE AIR FORCE. THE AIR FORCE JUST ADDED
A MORE LETHAL AIRCRAFT TO ITS ARSENAL. THE BLOCK 30 AC-130J
GHOSTRIDER GUNSHIP MARKS A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT IN
SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY COMPARED TO THE CURRENT
AC-130 GUNSHIPS USED IN DEPLOYED ENVIRONMENTS. THE NEW SPECIAL OPERATIONS
GUNSHIP IS EQUIPPED WITH THE PRECISION STRIKE
PACKAGE, WHICH COMES WITH A COMMUNICATION SUITE,
PRECISION-GUIDED MUNITIONS, A MISSION
MANAGEMENT CONSOLE, AND EVEN UPDATED CREW
SEATS WITH ADDED SAFETY FEATURES. THE AC-130-J GHOSTRIDER
WILL FULFILL THE SAME MISSION AS THE AC-130-U
SPOOKY GUNSHIP THAT THE 4TH SPECIAL OPERATIONS
SQUADRON CURRENTLY OPERATES. THE GHOSTRIDER REACHED
INITIAL OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY IN 20-17,
AND THE FIRST GHOSTRIDER GUNSHIP WILL STAY IN A
TESTING STATUS FOR ABOUT ONE YEAR BEFORE IT BECOMES
OPERATIONALLY DEPLOYABLE DR. WILL ROPER, ASSISTANT
SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE FOR ACQUISITION,
TECHNOLOGY AND LOGISTICS REVEALED PLANS FOR
THE FUTURE OF SOFTWARE ENGINEERING IN
THE AIR FORCE. “DOWN AT OUR PEO FOR
BUSINESS ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS THERE’S A SOFTWARE
FACTORY STANDING UP TO WORK MOBILE APPS IN OUR
BUSINESS AND LOGISTIC SYSTEMS. AND WE’RE WORKING WITH
OUR SOFTWARE MAINTENANCE SQUADRONS WHICH HAVE
BEEN RENAMED AS SOFTWARE ENGINEERING SQUADRONS SO
THAT THEY CAN DO AGILE DEVELOPMENT FOR US TOO. SO OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE
SOFTWARE FACTORIES ACROSS THE AIR FORCE THAT ARE
DOING THIS AGILE DEVOPS CODING” ‘IT’S HELPED US SPEED UP
ACQUISITION IT’S GOTTEN US VERY CLOSE TO THE
CENTURY CHALLENGE. I HOPE IT CONVINCES YOU
THAT THE FIRST PART THE STRATEGY TO BE COMPETITIVE
CAN BE ACHIEVED IF WE KEEP OUR FOOT ON THE
ACCELERATOR WE CAN SPEED UP ACQUISITION IN THIS
CENTURY AT A PACE OF RELEVANCE.” YOU CAN FIND
MORE AIR FORCE NEWS AND STORIES ON A-F DOT MIL. AND THAT’S YOUR LOOK
AROUND THE AIR FORCE.

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