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 is currently preparing for our four FY14 studies: Defense of USAF Forward Bases; Technology Readiness for Hypersonic Vehicles; Nuclear Command, Control, and Communication; and Combatting Sexual Assault. The studies will kick off in January at our Winter Board Meeting.
We are currently in the middle of our annual S&T review of the Air Force Research Laboratory, with the reviews for the Materials and Manufacturing and Human Effectiveness Directorates having recently been completed.
Back in September, we held our annual Fall Board meeting in Arlington, VA, during which we were privileged to hear from the Acting Secretary of the Air Force, Mr Eric Fanning; the SAB's Military Director, Lt Gen C. R. Davis; Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller), Dr Jamie Morin; and a number of other Air Force and DoD leaders. The meeting also gave us the chance to welcome our new members to the Board and to thank our departing members.
Sexual Assault is criminal conduct that falls well short of the standards America expects of its men and women in uniform and is a violation of our Air Force Core Values.
Sexual Assault is defined as intentional sexual conduct, characterized by use of force, physical threat or abuse of authority or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, nonconsensual sodomy (oral or anal sex), indecent assault (unwanted, inappropriate sexual contact or fondling), or attempts to commit these acts. Sexual assault can occur without regard to gender or spousal relationship or age of victim.
Consent shall not be deemed or construed to mean the failure by the victim to offer physical resistance. Consent is not given when a person uses force, threat of force, coercion or when the victim is asleep, incapacitated, or unconscious.
Inside AF SAB
ANDREWS AFB OFFICE HQ USAF/SB
1500 W. Perimeter Road
Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762
Phone: 240.612.5513 or 877.732.3109
Fax: 703-693-5643 or 877-487-1398
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)
The Air Force has instituted new avenues for reporting sexual assault in the form of Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting. Restricted Reporting allows a victim to report a Sexual Assault 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.
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).
Restricted Reporting is available to active duty military, Coast Guard, Reservist performing federal training and members of the National Guard under Title 10 status.
Independent Reporting is an assault reported by someone other than the victim.
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