Air Force Materiel Command Details Air Force Reorganization Impact

Gen. Duke Richardson, Air Force Materiel Command commander (middle), greets Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall on the flightline at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Gen. Duke Richardson, Air Force Materiel Command commander (middle), greets Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall on the flightline at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, June 27, 2023. (Staff Sgt. Mikaley Kline/U.S. Air Force photo)

Air Force Materiel Command -- the major Wright-Patterson Air Force Base-headquartered mission responsible for equipping the Air Force -- revealed new details Thursday on how the Air Force's planned reorganization will impact it.

The changes will involve no significant job disruptions, a spokesman for the command said Thursday.

"No significant change or disruption of jobs is planned," the spokesman said in response to questions from the Dayton Daily News. "Implementation details are still being worked [on]. The workforce changes are primarily focused on organizational alignment and reporting chain to better posture the command to great power competition strategic challenges."

The most notable change at Wright-Patterson is the redesignation of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center to the "Air Force Air Dominance Systems Center." And AFMC will oversee seven centers instead of the current structure of six.

The new, seventh center will be the Air Force Information Dominance Systems Center. The current Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center will become the Air Force Nuclear Systems Center, retaining its focus on nuclear deterrence, with a new program executive office, focused on intercontinental ballistic missiles, to be headed by a two-star general.

The changes have been driven by the need to compete with China and Russia, and that imperative has taken on increasing urgency in the eyes of national defense and Air Force leaders.

"We are out of time," Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said in February.

Among the many proposed changes, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center -- like AFMC, based at Wright-Patterson -- will be redesignated as the Air Force Air Dominance Systems Center or AFADSC, focusing on a portfolio of aircraft and other weapons.

The center's headquarters will remain where it is and there will be "minimal impact" to personnel, AFMC said on its website Thursday.

Within the AFADSC, several program executive offices, or "PEOs," will be impacted. PEOs manage weapons and aircraft. -- The Center Commander will be the PEO for Combat Readiness, which merges all programs from PEO Rapid Sustainment Office (RSO), select programs from PEO Agile Combat Support, and other enterprise product support duties, AFMC said. -- PEO Mobility and Training Aircraft will be separated into PEO Mobility and PEO Training. -- PEO Fighters and Advanced Aircraft will remain the same. -- PEO Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Special Operations Forces will gain the E-3 AWACS, E-7 Wedgetail, E-8 JSTARS, and E-9A aircraft platforms. -- PEO Bombers will remain the same for now with the option to expand in the future. -- PEO Presidential and Executive Airpower will remain the same. -- PEO Weapons will remain the same.

Another four AFMC Centers -- Air Force Research Laboratory (based at Wright-Patterson), Air Force Test Center, Air Force Sustainment Center, and Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center -- are expected to remain largely unchanged in structure and mission but will "adjust as needed" to support the Air Force mission, AFMC said.

"Timelines for implementation will vary and more information will be released as plans are confirmed, but the intent is to move forward as quickly as possible," AFMC said.

AFMC also said an "Integrated Development Office" will be established within the command to support "early integrated capability development planning and ensure requirements development is informed by technological opportunity and risk."

"For Headquarters AFMC, the most notable change will be the stand-up of the Integrated Development Office as the pre-program planning and execution arm for the new Integrated Capabilities Command," the AFMC spokesman told the Dayton Daily News.

"To be effective partners with the operational community in this process, AFMC must make changes in terms of how we work with operators to define requirements, and how we develop, deliver, and sustain weapons systems," AFMC Commander Gen. Duke Z. Richardson said in a statement.

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