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  • What a year we have had at AEDC

    In October 2019, AEDC held the 2020 Strategic Planning Offsite with dozens of senior leaders to deliberately identify actions to become the “AEDC We Need” and transform AEDC to support the National Defense Strategy. The plan the leader’s developed would support the strategic priorities of: 1) Pursue mission excellence, 2) Invest in our people, and
  • Inspector General - Breaking free of the inspection status quo

    Many will recall the Inspector General (IG) inspections of the past. You know, the ones where the inspector breezed in with the standard clipboard, which was inevitably their “primary weapon of choice.” Without provocation, these inspectors could recite regulations that most had never heard of, let alone followed. They did this with as much ease
  • Striving to be “Second to None” during a pandemic

    When Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) set the goal to be “Second to None” in October of last year, no one would have ever guessed that the following year that goal would face unprecedented challenges.Going into 2020, the plan was to realign our organizations to more of a wing-like structure, focus on our priorities, and gain clarity in
  • 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 &
  • AEDC Team’s efficient actions support Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon testing

    The Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW) program recently requested a time-sensitive test at Arnold Engineering Development Complex to inform a milestone decision.  Recognizing the importance of the weapon system to meeting the demands of the National Defense Strategy (NDS), AEDC rose to the challenge and provided validated hypersonic
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