C4iSR: Air

AFA 2018: US Air Force views Advanced Battle Management as a system of systems

19 September 2018

Key Points

  • The US Air Force will pursue ABMS as a system of systems, rather than a traditional monolithic acquisition programme
  • This will be tricky as a top acquisition official admitted this has been difficult in the past

The US Air Force (USAF) wants its next-generation Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) to be a system-of-systems approach, of which a top service acquisition official admitted the air force has not been successful with in the past.

“ABMS will be an important programme,” William Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics, told reporters on 18 September at the annual Air Force Association (AFA) conference outside Washington.

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