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Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, is one of five centers reporting to the Air Force Materiel Command. Led by a 3-star general officer, AFLCMC is charged with life cycle management of Air Force weapon systems from their inception to retirement.
The AFLCMC mission is to deliver affordable and sustainable war-winning capabilities to U.S. and international partners, on time, on cost, anywhere, anytime from cradle to grave. AFLCMC is the single center responsible for total life cycle management of all aircraft, engines, munitions, and electronic systems. AFLCMC’s workforce of nearly 26,000 is located at 77 geographic locations across the globe — from Peterson AFB, Colo., to Oslo, Norway. AFLCMC includes 10 Program Executive Officer (PEO) directorates, 14 functional and execution support directorates, two air base wings and numerous other support organizations.
AFLCMC was designed to provide a single face and voice to customers, holistic management of weapon systems across their life cycles, and to simplify and consolidate staff functions and processes to curtail redundancy and enhance efficiency. In addition AFLCMC’s operating structure provides an integrated framework for decision making and process optimization across the weapon system life cycle.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center activated on July 9, 2012. It is a key element of AFMC’s transition from 12 to five centers. Key goals of AFLCMC are to improve weapon system acquisition and product support, simplify and reduce overhead structure, and eliminate redundancies by consolidating staff functions and processes.
The AFLCMC consolidated missions previously performed by the Aeronautical Systems Center and Air Force Security Assistance Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom AFB and the Air Armament Center at Eglin AFB, Fla.
One of the AFLCMC’s signature elements is to provide oversight of most program office personnel previously aligned in Aerospace Sustainment Directorates at each of the three former air logistics centers (now complexes) located at Robins, Hill, and Tinker Air Force Bases. These program offices remain in place but now report to PEOs in the AFLCMC.
Thirteen of AFLCMC’s 14 functional and execution support directorates include acquisition, contracting, directed energy, engineering, financial management, intelligence, logistics, personnel, plans and programs, program development and integration, propulsion, safety, and small business.
The 14th is the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation (AFSAC) Directorate. Headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, with experts stationed at Eglin AFB, Hanscom AFB, Hill AFB, Robins AFB, and Tinker AFB, AFSAC is responsible for leading the AFMC Foreign Military Sales Enterprise. With the help of its foreign liaison officers, the directorate manages cases with over 100 countries that cover systems in all phases of the life cycle, as well as technologies that range all the way from the 1940s to the most recently fielded systems.
The 66th Air Base Group at Hanscom AFB, along with the 88th ABW at Wright-Patterson AFB, provide base operating support at those locations and also report to AFLCMC.
10 PEO Organizations
Agile Combat Support Directorate (AFLCMC/WN)
Headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, with other major units at Robins AFB and Heath, Ohio, this directorate develops, acquires, fields, modernizes, and sustains weapon systems and capabilities that span a diverse portfolio of programs assigned to nine distinct divisions: Alternative Fuels, Combat Electronics Systems, Human Systems, Simulator Systems, Electronic Warfare and Avionics, Support Equipment and Vehicles, Automatic Test Systems, Air Force Metrology and Calibration, and Environmental and Industrial Engineering. The directorate also is home to the low observable supportability office and engine component improvement program.
Armament Directorate (AFLCMC/EB)
With major units at Eglin AFB, Robins AFB, and Hill AFB, the Armament Directorate develops, acquires, fields, modernizes and sustains air-delivered weapons and associated carriages and subsystems for the U.S. Air Force, other U.S. military services, and coalition partners. EB consists of nine divisions responsible for managing a wide range of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, air-launched decoys, test and training systems, and life support actuator devices.
Battle Management Directorate (AFLCMC/HB)
This directorate, headquartered at Hanscom AFB, develops, acquires, and sustains capabilities supporting aerospace management, air operations command and control, mission planning, intelligence, theater battle control, airborne battle management, missile warning, space control sensors, joint operations and force application planning, force protection, and weather operations. AFLCMC/HB is comprised of 11 divisions or direct reporting branches throughout the nation, with other major units at Robins AFB, Peterson AFB, Langley AFB, Tinker AFB, Hill AFB, and Offutt AFB.
Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate (AFLCMC/HI)
The Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, headquartered at Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, with other major units at Randolph AFB, Wright-Patterson AFB, Hanscom AFB, and Hill AFB, acquires, operates, sustains, and enables enterprise information technology (IT) capabilities, while supporting the upgrade to modernized infrastructure to the warfighter across the combat and mission support spectrum.
Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, and Networks Directorate (AFLCMC/HN)
Headquartered at Hanscom AFB, with other major units at Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Robins AFB, Hill AFB, Wright-Patterson AFB, and Lackland AFB, Texas, this directorate is responsible for developing, acquiring, deploying, and sustaining cyberspace, communications, cryptologic, and space/nuclear network capabilities across the Air Force, DoD, joint service, interagency, and foreign military sales communities. AFLCMC/HN consists of five divisions that enable decisive combat operations by delivering net-centric solutions to drive dynamic integration of information/systems on the network in support of the air, space, and cyberspace domains.
Fighters/Bombers Directorate (AFLCMC/WW)
The Fighter and Bomber Directorate, headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, with other major units at Robins AFB, Tinker AFB, and Hill AFB, directs the development, test, production, fielding, modernization, and sustainment of new and existing fighter and bomber aircraft weapon systems and subsystems for the Air Force and coalition partners to include A-10, A-29, F-15, F-16, F-22, F-35, B-1, B-2, and B-52, as well as associated common fighter-bomber subsystems. These weapon systems help ensure the United States and ally military aircrew enter hostile environments with a distinct advantage over any adversary.
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Special Operations Forces Directorate (AFLCMC/WI)
The directorate is headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, with other major units at Robins AFB, Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Greenville, Texas, as well as units in Denver, San Diego and Waco, Texas. The directorate develops, acquires, fields, modernizes, and sustains network-ready intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and Special Forces capabilities, emphasizing agility, innovation, and focus. In addition to its continental United States sites, AFLCMC/WI overseas locations include Brussels, Belgium; Amendola AB, Italy; and Kadena AB, Japan.
Mobility Directorate (AFLCMC/WL)
Headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, with other major units at Robins AFB, Tinker AFB, and Hill AFB, AFLCMC/WL directs the development, test, production, fielding, modernization, and sustainment of new and existing mobility and training aircraft systems for the Air Force and 40 allies. The directorate consists of seven divisions, executing life cycle management for the C-5, C-17, C-27J, C-130, T-1, T-6, T-38, commercial derivative aircraft, former Air Force front line aircraft, and the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures program.
Strategic Systems Directorate (AFLCMC/SS)
Located at Kirtland AFB in close proximity to its Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center mission partner, this directorate leads the execution of modernization programs that provide safe, secure, and effective nuclear weapons capabilities to America’s deterrent forces. The directorate’s portfolio of programs is executed at multiple locations, to include Eglin AFB, Hill AFB, Kirtland AFB, and Tinker AFB.
Tanker Directorate (AFLCMC/WK)
Headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, with a second major location at Tinker AFB, the directorate consists of the KC-46 Division and Legacy Tanker Division (KC-135/KC-10), and is responsible for the planning and execution of all life cycle activities for the Air Force tanker fleet. AFLCMC/WK directs the development, test, production, deployment, sustainment, support, and training systems for the KC-46 to provide aerial refueling, airlift, and aeromedical capabilities to Air Mobility Command and U.S. Transportation Command. AFLCMC/WK also directs aircraft modernization, sustainment, engineering, configuration control, and financial management activities for the KC-10/KDC-10 and for the KC-135, providing safe, suitable and effective tanker platforms to U.S. warfighters and allies.