The move came in a ceremony earlier this month and is part of the overall restructuring of the command. AFMC is the parent agency for Robins Air Force Base. The intelligence operation previously fell under AFMC headquarters also assigned to the Ohio base.
AFLCMC’s job under the new alignment is to acquire and support aircraft, engines, munitions, electronics and cyber systems for the Air Force. Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore II, AFLCMC commander who presided over the redesignation ceremony, said the shifting of the intelligence unit made “complete, logical sense.”
“The mission of the 21st is an essential part of the AFLCMC mission,” Moore is quoted in an AFMC press release. “We must assure intelligence supportability for those new Air Force systems. We must enhance interoperability as a result of that intelligence support. We must promote common intelligence solutions across the life cycle for all Air Force systems. It is a big job.”
According to the AFMC announcement, the 55-person intelligence squadron was formed in September of 2007 to offer “core analytical capability to ensure intelligence support is adequate and available for new Air Force systems.”
Col. Peter Bailey, AFLCMC director of intelligence, said acquisition without intelligence was similar to predicting the weather with a blindfold. Intelligence input is vital early on in the planning process of weapon system development, he added.