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.
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 on behalf of the Air Force and the nation to identify applications of technology that can improve Air Force capabilities or that could enable entirely new capabilities, and advise on the Air Force science and technology portfolio to maximize its value and benefit for the Air Force.
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.
Memo From the SAB Chair
Welcome to the SAB public website.
It is an honor for me to be able to serve the U.S. Air Force as the next Chair of its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Since 1944, when Gen "Hap" Arnold established the SAB with Dr. Theodore von Kármán as its first Chair, the core mission of the Board has remained steadfast - to help the Air Force derive the greatest possible benefits from its investments in science and technology. Throughout its 70-year history of advice and guidance to Air Force senior leadership, the SAB has had major impacts on the science and technology programs conducted by the Air Force and the resulting capabilities that have emerged from these programs to support the Air Force mission.
This Fall the SAB will be conducting in-depth reviews of research programs and strategy in four of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) technical directorates, including (1) Space Vehicles, (2) Sensors, (3) Directed Energy, and (4) Aerospace Systems, and in addition will be reviewing certain other programs in AFRL. These science and technology reviews will be completed in December 2014.
The Board is also well underway in planning and organizing three major studies that the Secretary of the Air Force tasked the SAB to conduct this year on (1) Cyber Vulnerabilities of Embedded Systems on Air and Space Systems, (2) Enhanced Utility of Unmanned Air Vehicles in Contested and Denied Environments, and (3) Utility of Quantum Systems for the Air Force. These studies will formally begin in January 2015.
And, as we do every year, at our Fall Board meeting the SAB welcomed new members to the Board and thanked members whose four-year terms of service 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 type of advice that the Air Force relies on from the SAB.
I look forward to another year of intense activity as the SAB continues its mission of providing in-depth independent external 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)
Inside AF SAB
ANDREWS AFB OFFICE HQ USAF/SB
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Phone: 240.612.5513 or 877.732.3109
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General 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)