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.
The 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 Fuel Efficiency, Aircraft Operation in GPS-Jammed Environments, Rapid On-Orbit Checkout of Satellites, Test Range Compatibility, the Future of Launch Vehicles, and Sustaining Aging Aircraft 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.
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The SAB recently held our Winter Board meeting where we kicked off our four FY14 studies: Defense of USAF Forward Bases; Technology Readiness for Hypersonic Vehicles; Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications; and Combating Sexual Assault. We were privileged to hear from five of our Air Force leaders on those topics, Director of Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Maj Gen Margaret Woodward; Commander of USAF Expeditionary Center Air Mobility Command, Maj Gen Frederick Martin; Director of Plans, Programs and Requirements Air Combat Command, Brig Gen Scott Zobrist; Director of Strategy, Plans, and Programs Pacific Air Force, Brig Gen Steven Basham; and Director of Communications Air Force Global Strike Command, Mr. Arthur Hatcher, Jr. The study teams are now busy collecting information of relevance to their investigations so they can give the full Board an update at our upcoming Spring Board meeting in April.
At Winter Board, we also reviewed the output of our FY14 S&T reviews for four of AFRL's Directorates. The briefing summarizing those reviews was approved by the Board and will shortly be presented to AFRL leadership. Our FY14 review of AFOSR is coming up soon.
The call for new member nominations was recently closed. Those nominations will soon be reviewed to select the FY15 new members.
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ANDREWS AFB OFFICE HQ USAF/SB
1500 W. Perimeter Road
Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762
Phone: 240.612.5513 or 877.732.3109
1180 AF Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1180
General Board Meetings
Fall Sep 23-24, 2013
Location: Crystal City, VA
Sep 23 - New Member Training in the afternoon
Winter Jan 7-10, 2014
Location: Crystal City, VA
Jan 6 - Consultant & Executive Officer Training (only)
Apr 8-11, 2014
Location: Nellis AFB, NV
Apr 7- Study Chairs brief EXCOM (only)
June 16-25, 2014
Location: Crystal City, VA
June 24 - General Board Meeting
June 25 - EXCOM, Study leaders & support staff (only)
The Air Force has instituted avenues for reporting sexual assault in the form of Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting.
Restricted Reporting allows sexual assault victims to confidentially disclose the assault to specified individuals (i.e., SARC, SAPR VA, or healthcare personnel), and receive medical treatment, including emergency care, counseling, and assignment of a SARC and SAPR VA, without triggering an investigation. It is intended to give the victim (survivor) time and control over the release of their information. Further, it also empowers the survivor to make an informed decision about participating in the criminal process.
Restricted Reporting is available for:
- All Service members and their Dependents over the age of 18
Unrestricted Reporting is any report of sexual assault made through normal reporting channels (for example: reports to chain of command, security forces, and/or Air Force Office of Investigation). This reporting option triggers an investigation, command notification, and allows a person who has been sexually assaulted to access medical treatment and counseling.
Unrestricted Reporting is available for: - All Service members and their Dependents over the age of 18
- DoD Civilians and their Dependents over the age of 18 (MTF access and/or serving in an OS location)
- Contractors (if supporting in a contingency location)
Independent Reporting is an assault reported by someone other than the victim.
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