Air Force Chief: “ABMS is on track, and Robins is Going to Lead the Way.”

Senator Perdue Gets Answers on Progress of New Battle Management System at Robins Air Force Base

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today questioned General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, on progress to bring the new Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) online. Last June, the Air Force announced that it will locate the new mission at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia. 

Senator Perdue continues to work with Air Force leadership, Robins, and the 21st Century Partnership to ensure the new battle management system is developed efficiently, while continuing to fly the existing E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) to prevent any capability gaps.

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Senator Perdue: “In June of 2018, the Air Force announced that Robins Air Force Base would actually host some of the initial elements of ABMS. Can you give us an update on what’s happened in the last year – how that’s progressing, how the system developing, and how you’re managing the gaps from current technology into this new model?

General Goldfein: “The decision to place ABMS at Robins was based primarily on the fact that that’s where our PhDs of battle management exist. We looked first and foremost at that community who understands this business better than any community and said they’re the ‘doctors of battle management’ that we need to lead us into the future. There are three increments to this transition:

“Increment One is focused on taking the current sensors we have and advancing and connecting them in ways that they’re not currently connected...

“Increment Two is about bringing on new sensor capability. Many of those are going to be in space.

“Increment Three will connect it all together. We’ve just brought on an architect, Mr. Preston Dunlop, to lead us through that. His first stop was to meet the ‘doctors of battle management’ at Robins, and I believe he is still there today.

“We’re on track, and Robins is going to lead the way.”


Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.