AOCE has been awarded the contract to provide the Air Force Safety Center Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) to support studies, analysis, evaluation, engineering and technical services to the combatant commanders and major commands (MAJCOMs). The Air Force Safety Center provides proactive safety for the Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) mishap prevention program by supporting the Safety Investigation Boards (SIB) and investigating RPA mishaps and facilitating the safe expansion of RPA operations within the National Airspace System (NAS). Services include System Safety Engineering, MQ-1/9 expertise, Airspace/Air Traffic Control subject matter experts, Human Factors subject matter experts, RPA Maintenance subject matter experts and Research Analyst activities. The RPA Safety Branch is leading a pioneering effort to integrate RPA’s into the NAS and establish a DoD template. AOCE is supporting this effort of developing the safety case necessary to achieve FAA approval of Ground Based Sense and Avoid (GBSAA) as an alternative to “see and avoid”. The RPA Safety Branch’s effort is the flagship for DoD operations after Army & Navy/Marine experienced difficulties at two other locations. The AFSEC’s endeavor requires deep expertise in diverse areas to achieve a credible safety case that will withstand FAA scrutiny.