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 Dr. Werner Dahm Professor Iain Boyd photograph
Dr. Werner Dahm
SAB Chair
Dr. Iain Boyd
SAB Vice Chair
 Lt. General Ellen M. Pawlikowski  Lt. Col. Rittenhouse
Lt. General Ellen Pawlikowski
SAB Military Director
Lt. Col. Tilghman Rittenhouse
SAB Exec Director

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Current Studies

Cyber Vulnerabilities of Embedded Systems on Air And Space Systems

Enhanced Utility of Unmanned Air Vehicles In Contested and Denied Environments

Utility of Quantum Systems for the Air Force

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Examples of recent SAB studies

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

FY13 Study: Microsatellite Mission Applications
This study assessed the mission utility of microsatellites based on near term and far term payload and bus technology. The study performed proof-of-concept engineering designs to assess mission capability for proposed microsatellites for weather, space situational awareness (SSA) and other Air Force needs. In the end, the study made several recommendations as courses of action for the Air Force to pursue in the area of microsatellites. AFSPC is currently pursuing microsatellite solutions for SSA in conjunction with USSTRATCOM, and has included S&T needs in the space superiority Core Function Master Plan to address technology needs for future microsatellites based on the SAB recommendations. 

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Secretary of the Air Force appointed Dr. Werner Dahm as the new Chair of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board for 2015-2018
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tabAbout the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board 
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 the SAB Chair 
July 2014

Welcome to the SAB public website.

The SAB recently successfully completed its four FY14 studies and  presented the results of those studies to Secretary James, Gen Welsh and other Air Force leaders. The studies have also been presented to many of the Air Force Major Commands. Work is now ongoing on preparing reports describing the findings and recommendations of each of the studies in more detail.

This will be my last memo for this web site, as my 3 year term as Board Chair will be drawing to a close this September. I am very happy to announce that Secretary James recently selected Dr Werner Dahm, Founding Director and Chief Scientist of the Security & Defense Systems Initiative (SDSI) at Arizona State University (ASU) and former Chief Scientist of the Air Force, to take over as the Board Chair on 1 October. The Board already has a new Military Director, with Lt Gen Pawlikowski stepping into that role as part of her new duties as Principal Military Deputy, SAF/AQ after the retirement of Lt Gen Davis. The SAB Secretariat also has a new Executive Director, Lt Col Tilghman Rittenhouse, who recently took over for Lt Col Derek Lincoln, who is now at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

We are currently preparing for the Fall Board meeting to be held in Crystal City, VA in early September. We look forward to hearing from a variety of Air Force leaders at that time.

Eli Niewood

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tabGeneral Board Meetings
Sep 3-4, 2014
Location: Crystal City, VA
Sep 3 - New Member Training 8 AM
Sep 3 - General Board Meeting 12:30 PM

Jan 27-30, 2015  
Location: Crystal City, VA
Jan 26 - Consultant & Executive Officer Training (only)

Apr 21-24, 2015
Location: Tinker AFB, OK
Apr 20 - Study Chairs brief EXCOM (only) 

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