|DARPA launches new program to let small innovators behind the classified curtain.
For a lot of would-be defense contractors, the world of classified contracts is a bit of a Catch-22. You can’t get classified work without a security clearance, and you can’t get a security clearance without a contract that demands classified work. DARPA is looking to solve that problem with a new initiative it calls “BRIDGES.” The basic idea is to give small firms a chance to show they’ve got the technical acumen or creativity to solve the sorts of problems DARPA’s working on in the classified arena. If it looks like the answer is yes, the agency itself will sponsor them for a security clearance.
AF creates new office to settle internal squabbles over ABMS.
The Air Force is setting up a new management structure to ride herd over its Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), the Air Force’s contribution to the DOD’s JADC2 project, and it’s going to be called PEO-C3BM. Officials say ABMS has demonstrated progress in some key technical areas, but those advancements haven’t always been coordinated with one another. At the top of the new management structure for what Air Force officials have previously termed the “internet of military things” will be a brand new program executive office:
Come to find out that inflation, not Russia or China, are primary worries of military personnel.
USAF Secretary Frank Kendall is not oblivious to the day-to-day worries about enlisted personnel. “The [Air and Space Forces] leadership knows we can’t expect airmen, guardians to give their all to the mission when they are worried about paying for gas to get to work, finding childcare or providing their family a safe place to live,” Kendall said during a keynote at the Air and Space Forces Association’s Air, Space and Cyber conference.