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.
Memo From SAB Chair
Welcome to the SAB public website. It has been a very busy Spring for the Board, with our FY13 studies and the annual reviews of the AFRL Science and Technology portfolio going on in parallel.
Our Spring Board meeting was held at Barksdale AFB just outside Shreveport, LA. We were very fortunate to be hosted by Air Force Global Strike Command. The Board members were able to learn a great deal about the mission of the Command and its operations through a set of tours and in hearing from both the Commander and Vice Commander of AFGSC, Lt Gen James Kowalski and Maj Gen Everett Thomas. All three of the FY13 studies met during our time at Barksdale to continue working.
The next major event for the Board will be our Summer Session and Board meeting, to be held in Crystal City, Arlington, VA in June. At that time we will complete the studies and prepare briefings describing the findings and recommendations from each study. Most of the FY13 S&T reviews will be complete at that point as well, so an initial summary briefing describing the results of those reviews will be presented to the full Board by Dr Steve Heister, who is currently serving as the Board's S&T review chair.