AFSC Commander Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield signed the enterprise-level, center-wide agreement on Oct. 9 which was aligned with the five-center construct and standardize procedures required for partnering, Micah Garbarino writes for AFSC Public Affairs on Friday.
Earl Williams, analyst for the AFSC Logistics Directorate Program, and Shannon Wagner worked and negotiated with Boeing for more than a year with the help of Ogden Air Logistics Complex, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex and Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex.
“Public-private partnerships allow government organizations and private industry to work as a team, bringing unique capabilities to the mission and warfighters, whether that’s technology infusion, new innovation to equipment and processes or advanced skills and knowledge gain to the workforce,” Williams said.
Prior to the centralized partnering agreement, the Air Force Materiel Command air logistics complexes took around 12 to 16 months to form partnership deals and would base contracts on each complex’s terms.
Wagner said, “We anticipate the new standard partnering process will shave 8-10 months off of the time it has historically taken to put partnering agreements in place.”
“Now that this standard process has been implemented across the AFSC enterprise, there will be one team negotiating these agreements as opposed to three separate negotiation activities,” Wagner added.
The agreements to be covered range from products and software to technology integration.
The enterprise partnership deal is the organization’s first agreement of its kind and the AFSC is in talks with other private partners for other contracts.