The Air Force obtains substantial value from having an established and highly recognized Board composed of the some of the nation's top experts in science, technology, engineering, and technical program leadership who work without compensation under direct tasking from the Secretary of the Air Force to conduct technical studies on topics deemed critical to the Air Force and conduct in-depth technical reviews that help maximize the value to the Air Force from its science and technology investments.
The following descriptions of some recent studies are provided as examples of recent impacts.
FY14 Study: Technology Readiness for Hypersonic Vehicles
This study examined the potential military utility of hypersonics technology and helped the Air Force characterize the maturity (current and projected) of the applicable enabling technologies, identify overall system concepts, develop confidence in the requisite aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, materials, and flight control technologies for the vehicle, address the sensors, communications, and other auxiliary sub-systems needed for the overall concept, and effectively integrate all those technologies. The study found that an air-launched tactical range hypersonic strike weapon has substantial operational utility in projected anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) environments and can be fielded for use in the 2025 timeframe.
The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is a Federal Advisory Committee that provides independent advice on matters of science and technology relating to the Air Force mission, reporting directly to the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Since its formation in 1944, studies and technical reviews by the SAB have had strong impacts on the science and technology programs conducted by the Air Force, and on the resulting capabilities that have emerged from these programs to support the Air Force mission.
The Board consists of members appointed by the Secretary of Defense from among the nation's leading experts in science, technology, engineering, and technical program leadership across industry, FFRDCs and national laboratories, and academia. They offer their time to benefit the Air Force and the nation by identifying applications of technology that can improve Air Force capabilities or that could enable entirely new capabilities, and advising on the Air Force science and technology portfolio to maximize its value in supporting the Air Force mission.
The SAB is tasked each year by the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force to conduct studies on topics deemed critical to the Air Force mission and recommend applications of technologies that can improve Air Force capabilities. Current studies being conducted by the Board are summarized on this site, and a complete list of all previous SAB studies is also available here.
The SAB also conducts annual in-depth reviews of the science and technology programs in the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Each of these week-long reviews addresses programs in one of the AFRL Technical Directorates, with essentially all AFRL research programs being reviewed over every four-year cycle. These reviews have informed Air Force leadership and influenced science and technology pursued and adopted by the Air Force.
As it has since its formation, the SAB today continues its role of looking into the future to help enable affordable technological pre-eminence for the U.S. Air Force and the Nation.
Welcome to the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) public web site.
We are beginning another very active year of in-depth technical studies and S&T reviews, as we fulfill the SAB's mission of providing the best independent external advice to USAF senior leadership to assist in maintaining the Air Force's "vision into the future" of science and technology-enabled capabilities.
This Fall the SAB will conduct in-depth reviews of strategy and research programs in five of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) technical directorates, including (1) Materials and Manufacturing, (2) Munitions, (3) Human Effectiveness, (4) Information, and (5) Basic Research. These FY16 reviews will conclude in March 2016, and be briefed to senior leadership in Air Force Materiel Command and in Headquarters Air Force thereafter.
The Board is well underway in planning and organizing the four studies that the Secretary of the Air Force tasked the SAB to conduct this year on (1) Airspace Surveillance to Support A2/AD Operations, (2), Responding to Uncertain or Adaptive Threats in Electronic Warfare, (3) Data Analytics to Support Operational Decision Making, and (4) Directed Energy Maturity for Airborne Applications. The latter is a Quick Look study that is scheduled to conclude in April 2016; the other three are full-length studies that are scheduled to conclude in June 2016. Findings and recommendations from these studies are briefed to senior Air Force leadership in Headquarters and the Major Commands beginning immediately thereafter.
As we do every year, at our Fall Board meeting the SAB welcomed new members to the Board, and acknowledged and thanked those members whose terms of service with the SAB have been completed. It is the deep technical expertise, experience, and vision of its members - drawn from among the nation's leading experts in science, technology, engineering, and technical program leadership across industry, FFRDCs, national laboratories, and academia - that are essential for the Board's continued ability to provide the in-depth technical advice that the Air Force relies on from the SAB.
I look forward to the SAB continuing to accomplish its mission of providing the best independent advice to the senior leadership of the Air Force to help maximize the value and benefit to the Air Force of its science and technology investments.
Dr. Werner J.A. Dahm
Chair, U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)
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Phone: 240.612.5513 or 877.732.3109
General Board Meetings
Apr 18-21, 2016
Location: Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
Apr 18 - Study Chairs brief EXCOM
Apr 19 - General Board Meeting
Apr 20 - Study Meetings
Apr 21 - Study Meetings
June 6-15, 2016
Location: Beckman Center, Irvine, CA
Jun 6-14 - Study Meetings
Jun 15 - General Board Meeting
Sep 14-15, 2016
Location: Arlington, VA
Sep 14 - General Board Meeting
Sep 15 - New Member Training
Sep 15 - General Board Meeting
Jan 23-26, 2016
Location: Beckman Center, Irvine, CA
Jan 23 - General Board Meeting
Jan 24 - Consultant and XO Training
Jan 25 - Study Meetings
Jan 26 - Study Meetings