Armor & Mobility

AUG 2017

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, is Commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The organization is the single center responsible for total life cycle management covering all aircraft, engines, munitions and electronic systems. General McMurry entered the Air Force in 1984 through the University of Texas ROTC program. He has served in a variety of engineering, program management, staff and command positions within Air Combat Command, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Space Command and the Missile Defense Agency. He commanded the 508th Aircraft Sustainment Group, Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB, Utah, and the Airborne Laser Systems Program Office, Aeronautical Systems Center, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. He was the Director, Iraq Security Assistance Mission in Baghdad. He also served as Space Programs Director for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C., and Vice Commander, Space and Missile Sys- tems Center, Los Angeles AFB, California. Prior to assuming his current position, General McMurry was Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. SUSTAINING OPERABILITY FROM PROCUREMENT TO REALIGNMENT A&M: Speak to your role as AFLCMC Commander and your primary areas of focus. Lt. Gen. McMurry: A few years back, Air Force Materiel Command made the decision to create a single organization focused on the entire life cycle for all fly (e.g. F-22, B-1, C-17, Global Hawk, etc.) and non-fly (e.g. munitions, C2 systems, etc.) systems in the inventory. We are talking from inception, to setting requirements, developing, acquiring and fielding, sustaining and modernizing when necessary until the system is no longer needed and is retired. We like to call it cradle to grave and the command saw an opportunity for real efficiencies by having that single organization with eyes on target. So now is the time for all the lofty talk about promises goes away and people begin to expect results. And I think the evidence shows that we are producing real results for the warfighter. Just about any day of the week you can turn on the television and see the Air Force in action, flying combat missions over Afghanistan and Syria, conducing intelligence, surveillance and recon- naissance in dozens of spots around the globe, flying humanitarian mis- sions into Central America and the Caribbean – all using aircraft, pallets, uniforms, meals – all things that were acquired by AFLCMC. Simply put, none of those missions can happen without the work of the total force team of military, Air Force civilians, and contractors in AFLCMC. A&M: How can you best impact the mission of your organization? Lt. Gen. McMurry: The Life Cycle Management Center Mission is primarily focused on a train, organize and equip role to support the Program Executive Officers. Our goal is to have the right people, with the right training, in the right organizations executing critical acquisitions and product support for the world's best air, space, and cyberspace force. This entails recruiting, training, managing and retaining a team with the acquisition, contracting, financial management and engineer- ing expertise, plus a whole bunch of other enabling skill sets. All those skills sets combined results in world-class weapon systems. It's basically about getting the right mix so those people can buy systems that meet all performance requirements, on cost and on schedule. Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry Commander U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Wright-Patterson AFB, OH COMMANDER'S CORNER 6 | Armor & Mobility | August 2017

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