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William Roper

Roper Calls For New Air Force Planes Every Five Years; Recalls X Plane Days

Posted by Colin Clark on


PARIS AIR SHOW: During an unusual public appearance in the US Chalet, Will Roper called for a large expansion in the number of companies doing business with the Air Force so more new planes can be built — and be built much more quickly as was done in the 1950s and ’60s when a new… Keep reading →

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Top DoD Official Shank Resigns; SCO Moving To DARPA

Posted by Colin Clark on


“My integrity and belief in SCO’s mission is more important to me than my friendship over many years with Mike (Griffin).”

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A New Century Series? Will Roper Takes Air Force Back To The Future

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Can a risk-averse procurement bureaucracy recapture the pioneering spirit of its past? The Air Force’s acquisition chief says yes.

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Roper Warns Boeing On Tankers After Walking KC-46 Line

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The Air Force is once again accepting deliveries of the troubled tankers — but the service’s acquisition chief warned Boeing must get its act in order ASAP.

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Air Force Tries To Fix F-35’s ALIS — From A Big, Broken Box To the Cloud

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How bad is the F-35’s computerized maintenance system, ALIS? So bad the plane may be better off without it.

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Roper Halts Deliveries of KC-46s; Will Visit Boeing Plant

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The Air Force has refused to accept delivery of any more KC-46 tankers until Boeing fixes major problems — at the company’s expense.

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DCMA Orders Safety Halt To KC-46 Deliveries; Roper Promises Close Scrutiny

Posted by Colin Clark on


AFA ORLANDO: Two KC-46 tankers due to be delivered to the Air Force were grounded after government inspectors found tools and other debris left behind on the planes at Boeing’s plant in Seattle. The Defense Contract Management Agency and the Air Force required Boeing to make 13 changes to procedures to ensure the FOD will… Keep reading →

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Boeing Wins $9.2B T-X Trainer Contract: Low Price, High Risk

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Aerospace behemoth Boeing will build the new T-X jet trainer, the Air Force announced this afternoon, beating out the Lockheed/KAI T-50 and the Leonardo DRS/CAE T-100 after years of maneuvering and uncertainty that saw multiple companies drop out of the competition. The first planes will enter service at Randolph Air Force base in 2023, with… Keep reading →

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Air Force Busts Out Credit Cards To Buy High Tech Gear

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Air Force can be an “angel investor” for some startups, said Will Roper, the service’s top acquisition official.

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Artificial Intel, Buying Software And Old Planes: Farnborough Air Show

Posted by Colin Clark on


Will this result in more operations like the Kessel Run Experimentation Lab in Boston, where coders join airmen to build useful software? Perhaps it will mean the service will hire civilian coders or train airmen to write code.

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