USAF to conduct two science and technology studies next year


The US Air Force (USAF) Scientific Advisory Board is planning to conduct two major studies next year as part of its efforts to improve the science and technology strategy.

The first study will focus on air, space and cyber technology development needs in the 2030 environment.

The second study will examine the current capabilities and limitations in command and control, as well as how to improve those systems.

It will also assess technologies that are capable of improving effectiveness and resilience of airforce command and control.

USAF secretary Heather Wilson said: “We will listen broadly and engage those who are on the cutting-edge of science so that we can focus our research efforts on the pathways that are vital to our future as a service.

"The United States will develop technologies to secure air dominance. "

“The United States will develop technologies to secure air dominance. We will underwrite our nation's military supremacy. We will remain sentry and avenger for our nation.”

The Scientific Advisory Board is a USAF-sponsored panel that comprises experts in science, technology and engineering. The specialists are from the industry, national laboratories, universities, and federally funded research and development centres.

Throughout this year, the board conducted three studies on penetrating counter-air technology, adapting airforce test and evaluation to emerging systems, and nuclear surety and certification for emerging systems.

Last week, the USAF announced plans to launch a one-year review into the service’s science and technology strategy.

The USAF will identify important research areas for air and space power over the next ten to 20 years.