DAYTON, Ohio—A top priority for the new head of Air Force Materiel Command is developing a plan that describes in painstaking detail how much money and time is necessary to convert every combat aircraft in the U.S. Air Force fleet to an open systems architecture. As the costs and complexity of such an effort become fully understood, some “gnashing of teeth” is expected that could prevent the Air Force from implementing the plan across the entire combat fleet, Gen. Arnold ...

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