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 Dr. Eliahu Niewood Professor Iain Boyd photograph
Dr. Eliahu Niewood
SAB Chair
Dr. Iain Boyd
SAB Vice Chair
 Lt. General Charles R. Davis  Lt. Col. Lincoln
Lt. General Charles R. Davis
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Lt. Col. Derek Lincoln
SAB Exec Director

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Current Studies

Defense of USAF Forward Bases

Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications

Technology Readiness for Hypersonic Vehicles

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Examples of recent SAB studies

The following descriptions of some recent studies are provided as examples of recent impacts.

FY10 Quicklook Study: Test Range Compatibility II
The Secretary of the Air Force tasked the SAB to conduct a rapid-response study of the impact from a four-tower 900,000-mirror alternative energy development on national military test and training capabilities. The SAB was able to assemble the needed study team and complete this study in just three months. Study results were briefed to Senators and congressional staffers, and were well received. The SAB's existence as a standing body and its deep technical expertise helped the Air Force respond very quickly with a highly technical study to address high-level Senate interest on this critical issue facing the nation.

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tabFY15 Member and Study Topic Nominations are CLOSED 
We are no longer accepting nominations.
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tabAbout the SAB  
SAB LogoThe 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 1944, luminaries such as Dr. Theodore von Kármán, General James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle, Dr. Ivan Getting, Dr. Edward Teller, and Dr. Charles Stark Draper, and more recently Dr. Robert Lucky and Mrs. Natalie Crawford, have provided visionary and forward-looking advice on technologies such as: supersonic aircraft, weather forecasting, satellite communications, medical research, crewless airplanes, and defenses against aircraft and missiles. Today, the SAB continues to emphasize future technologies through its in-depth reviews of the Air Force Research Laboratory's science and technology developments, and its studies of topics tasked by the Secretary and Chief of Staff. Recent SAB studies examining topics such as cyber situational awareness for JFACCs, non-traditional ISR and airborne communications in contested environments, expanded use of space sensors, microsatellite mission applications, and ground-based threat warning and countermeasures have informed Air Force leadership and influenced science and technology pursued and adopted by the Air Force. The SAB continues to look into the future, helping enable continued affordable technological pre-eminence of the U.S. Air Force and the Nation.
tabMemo From SAB Chair 
May 2014

Welcome to the SAB public website.

The SAB recently held its Spring Board meeting at Nellis AFB, where we had the fortune of being hosted by the Air Force Warfare Center. We heard from Brigadier General Stephen Whiting, vice commander of the warfare center, and were provided with in-depth exposure to some of the Center's operations. We also heard updates on each of the ongoing SAB studies and approved the results from the SAB's recent S&T review of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Dr. Iain Boyd was recently appointed as the new vice chair of the Board, taking the place of Professor David Miller, who left the Board to serve as NASA's Chief Technologist. I would like to express my thanks to Dave for all his hard work on behalf of the Board, and to Iain for his willingness to take on this new role.

The window for nominating study topics for the Board's FY15 studies recently closed, with over 60 topic nominations received. Those nominations will serve as the basis for selecting topics for next year's SAB studies.

I also wanted to pass on some news about some of the Board's distinguished alumni. I am very happy to report that Dr. Michael Yarymovych was recently named as the recipient of AIAA's 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Among Mike's many, many accomplishments during his career to date, he served as a Senior Fellow for the SAB, a position from which he just stepped down last September. In addition to his time on the SAB, he was also the Air Force Chief Scientist in the early 1970s. Mike was a great help to the Board in many ways, but particularly for his inputs on the Board's many space-related studies. Congratulations to Mike on this very well-deserved honor.

On a sadder note, two other Board alumni recently passed away. Dr. F. Robert Naka served on the SAB for a number of years and was a vice chair of the Board in the early 1990s. He was also Chief Scientist of the Air Force, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a deputy director of the NRO. He passed away last December. John Houbolt, who served on the SAB in the 1980s, passed away last month. He spent many years working at NASA and is credited with the concept for the lunar orbit rendezvous used for the Apollo missions.

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tabGeneral Board Meetings
Sep 3-4, 2014
Location: Crystal City, VA
Sep 3 - New Member Training 10 AM
Sep 3 - General Board Meeting 1 PM

Jan 27-30, 2015  
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Jan 26 - Consultant & Executive Officer Training (only)

Apr 21-24, 2015 (TENTATIVE)
Location: TBD
Apr 20 - Study Chairs brief EXCOM (only) (TENTATIVE date)

June 15-23, 2015 (TENTATIVE)
Location: Crystal City, VA
June 24 - General Board Meeting
June 25 - EXCOM, Study leaders & selected support staff (only)
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