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DAF announces new integrating program executive officer, ABMS execution construct

Published Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs


The Department of the Air Force is establishing a new integrating program executive officer for Command, Control, Communications and Battle Management, or C3BM, which will have the authorities required to ensure integration of all C3BM related programs throughout the DAF, as a core contribution to the Department of Defense's broader Joint All Domain Command and Control, or JADC2, effort. This new PEO will also have responsibility for the Advanced Battle Management System, or ABMS.

Andrew Hunter, Air Force service acquisition executive, appointed Brig. Gen. Luke Cropsey to serve as the first integrating PEO. Cropsey will report directly to Hunter, and work closely with both Hunter and Frank Calvelli, assistant secretary of the Air Force for space integration, to ensure DAF systems are aligned and integrated. To stay ahead of our pacing challenges, it is an operational imperative for the Air Force to integrate and modernize C3BM to provide operational forces targeting and decision support with greater speed, adaptability, and resilience. Replacing obsolete legacy systems and harnessing emerging information, communications, and artificial intelligence technologies will help the Air Force do that.

"Luke Cropsey has demonstrated the strong leadership attributes required to lead DAF efforts to integrate and modernize all C3BM systems," Hunter said. "Luke's charge will be to build the organizational infrastructure to solve the complex systems engineering and integration challenge for C3BM across the DAF and externally, and he will be empowered as the leader to make this happen." Cropsey will be the DAF's primary interface to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and to the other military departments for DAF contributions to JADC2 development and fielding.



Brig Gen Luke Cropsey headshotBrig. Gen. Luke Cropsey is the Department of the Air Force Integrating Program Executive Officer for Command, Control, Communications and Battle Management, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. The DAF C3BM PEO is responsible for the execution of the Advanced Battle Management System with the authorities required to ensure integration of related programs throughout the DAF as a core contribution to the Department of Defense’s broader Joint All Domain Command and Control effort.

Brig. Gen. Cropsey was commissioned through the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1995. He held key engineering, acquisition, and sustainment positions on Air Force conventional and nuclear weapon systems and National Reconnaissance Office space systems; served on the Office of the Secretary of Defense staff for systems engineering; and led at the squadron, group and wing levels as a Materiel Leader and Senior Materiel Leader. Brig. Gen. Cropsey's joint experience also includes three years at the European Command Plans and Operations Center in Stuttgart, Germany, where he served as a Space Operations Planner and Executive Officer to the Director of Operations.

Prior to assuming his current position, Brig. Gen. Cropsey was the Director of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate, and Director of International Affairs, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Brig. Gen. Cropsey is a certified Level III Engineer, Level III Program Manager, and a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College Program Manager’s Course.


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