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  • “Where there is no vision, the people perish...” – Solomon the Wise ca. 970 B.C.

    In January 2019, then-United States Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis, published the National Defense Strategy (or NDS). This document signaled arguably the greatest pivot in military strategic posture since 2002. The NDS redirected the focus from the anti-terroristic model of the past 17 years towards large scale (or near peer) competition with
  • Multi-Functional Team vital to AEDC fulfilling mission

    It’s no secret, and will not surprise any AEDC employee, past or present, that the majority of AEDC’s workforce are contractors, approximately 75 percent contractors in fact. The mission of AEDC cannot happen without our contractor workforce. As a result, expert contract management is critical for AEDC. The teams of government personnel responsible
  • AEDC Hypersonic Systems Test Branch ready to meet, exceed expectations

    As for all of the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), the Hypersonic Systems Test Branch (TSTH) possesses a long, renowned history stretching back to the days of the X-15 rocket plane. In the 1950s, the U.S. was faced with great-power competition in the Cold War, and the U.S. Air Force set out to explore the edge of space, and the speed
  • Trial by Fire – Actionable data to power the Nation’s defense

    Nearly four decades ago, the Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility (ASTF), the largest and most capable turbine engine test facility in the nation was dedicated. Faced with the Soviet Union’s growing threat of advanced military capability in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the nation turned to AEDC to develop and test the advanced propulsion systems
  • Workforce Development – beyond Training and Education

    AEDC Commander Col. Jeffrey Geraghty’s AEDC Strategy 2020 established three priorities: Pursue Mission Excellence, Invest in our People, and Improve and Sustain the Complex. The staff of the Personnel Division take the words “Invest in our People” as a personal commitment.The human resource cycle begins with establishing manpower requirements,
  • Program Management Office helping AEDC meet its mission

    One of the goals of the Department of Defense National Defense Strategy is to “Reform the Department for Greater Performance and Affordability.”  Part of this goal includes adapting organizational structures to best meet evolving mission needs, by consolidating, eliminating or restructuring as needed.  Arnold Engineering Development Complex
  • Asset Management Branch continuously improving test infrastructure maintenance program and readiness

    While continuing to operate active test cells, resurrecting test cells that have been dormant for several years and adding addition­al test capabilities to the increased test workload of the mission ar­eas, the TSS Asset Management Branch is in lock step with the Na­tional Aerospace Solutions (NAS) Asset Health Assurance branch to strive to
  • AEDC Strategy 2020: A disciplined approach

    Upon arriving at Arnold Air Force Base last summer, I re­ceived the mission brief that most of you have seen.Until that point, I had no real understanding of what goes on within AEDC on a day-to-day basis. In retrospect, I didn’t get it that much better after the brief. It wasn’t until I was lucky enough to be invited to join Col. Jeffrey Geraghty
  • Pursuing Mission Excellence: Striving to be “Second to None”

    “Pursue Mission Excellence,” “Invest in our People,” “Improve and Sustain the Complex;” the three priorities laid out by AEDC leadership “to prove the systems required to meet the demands of the National Defense Strategy” and put us on a path towards “Sec­ond to None.”What does mission excellence mean for a professional Develop­mental Test &
  • Col. Brandt shares inside look of Elk River Dam

    Col. Michael Brandt, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Arnold Engineering Development Complex commander, on Dec. 3 toured the Elk River Dam that forms Woods Reservoir at Arnold Air Force Base to get a closer look at ongoing maintenance work. Brandt supplied the following commentary following his tour to highlight the importance of the Elk