The Air Force “Need for Speed”: The End of the Requirements Up Front Model, Software Factories and Digital Transformation

As early 2020, when OODA Network Member Chris Ward wrote about the Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2), there was also the growing traction and influence of two papers by Dr. Will Roper (who at the time was the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology, and logistics) on digital engineering and acquisition – “There Is No Spoon” and “Bending the Spoon.” Air Force software factories are a direct outgrowth of Roper’s ideas. The most recent, Hanger 18, opened in Ohio in January. The OODA Loop plays a crucial role in this innovation. Find out how.