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Our nation’s defense has always relied on revolutionary advancements to maintain superiority and readiness. Those revolutions start here.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) supports the mission of the U.S. Air Force through research, development, acquisitions, and product support of cutting-edge weapon systems and defense solutions for our men and women in uniform.

Headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, OH, and operating throughout the United States, we act as a guiding force behind the development, testing and modernization of Air Force aircraft, engines, and munitions, as well as all electronics, computer networks, cyber weapons, and other vital support systems.

Faster. Higher. Farther.

AFLCMC is responsible for designing, developing, and delivering the aerospace weapon systems and capabilities that keep the U.S. warfighter and our allies on the leading edge of technology and advanced capabilities.

For more than nine decades, AFLCMC and its predecessors have provided the military aviation technologies that have allowed our Airmen to operate safely and effectively when flying into harm’s way. While the technologies and conflicts may have changed throughout the years, the mission has not.

We work on projects and innovations most people only dream about—challenging developments and discoveries unavailable in private industry or academia. The pace of advancement is critical to success so the best resources to maintain revolutionary progress is available.

We trace our history all the way back to 1917, when the Army Signal Corps established the Airplane Engineering Department at McCook Field near Dayton, Ohio. In the ensuing decades, components of what would eventually form AFLCMC were established at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and other installations around the country. Despite their varied locations, designations, and functions, these organizations always maintained the core principles that form our mission:

Build and execute the very best equipment and systems, and support them with life cycle maintenance strategies to advance the Air Force mission in air, space, and cyberspace.

Advanced pilot helmet
Technicians doing testing
F-16 deploying flares
C-130 deploying flares
B-2 refueling in flight
Pilot trainer plane
B-2 preparing for flight
Sophisticated avionics
Scientist testing equipment

Impressively Capable

Because of the incredible people who make up our ranks we are able to accomplish amazing things every day. Shoulder to shoulder we are a force to be reckoned with.

We research, develop, test, and produce advanced fighters and bombers, keeping them modernized and updated as advancements are made.

We develop, test, and support the new KC-46 tanker and provide modification and sustainment of the KC-135 and KC-10.

We manage combat electronics systems, propulsion systems, simulator systems, training aircraft, and alternative fuels.

We research, develop, test, and produce advanced armaments.

We develop and provide support for advanced fixed and deployable electronic, command and control, communications and cyber systems.

We supply the warfighter with the world’s best network-ready intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities.

We provide life cycle management for two dozen different engine types for the Air Force and more than 40 international partners.

We ensure safe, secure, and effective nuclear capability for the nation.

AFLCMC is part of the Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS). That’s the indispensable force that provides the brain power and manpower that keep the Air Force ready for action.

At 170,000 strong we at AFCS are a force to be reckoned with. We fill positions in over 600 different occupations. Dedicated and confident, we work shoulder to shoulder with Airmen around the country and around the world, committed to the vital Air Force mission in air, space, and cyberspace. Together we are... Forces. Joined.

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