Research & Technology

Research and technology advancing the U.S. Air Force and enhancing capabilities

  • U.S. Air Force Chief Scientist

    You’ve been in this position for eight weeks now. Stepping into such an interesting time, especially when all of our attention has been shifted over to being competitive and innovative and the Air Force has gone through all these challenges to make their Airmen innovative, what’s it like for you to be stepping into that […]

    Airman Magazine No responses April 27, 2018
  • Forecasting Success

    From flying operations to special tactics missions to deciding whether or not to wear a jacket with a uniform, weather plays a large role in everyday activities around the Air Force. “In military operations, weather is the first step in planning and the final determining factor in the execution of any mission,” said Gen. Carl […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses March 26, 2018
  • Citizen Cyber

    See more Citizen Cyber photos on Flickr Embracing rapid continuous change in the cyber environment and having the willingness to consider new ideas in organization, procurement and operations, regardless how “out of the box,” are key to the Air Force’s advancement in the cyber realm, according to Adm. Michael Rogers, U.S. Cyber Command commander, National […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses March 13, 2018
  • Pocketsize Multiplier

    See more ‘Pocketsize Multiplier’ photos on Flickr Tech. Sgt. Jesse Sosa hits the mat with a loud thud as he demonstrates a proper fall technique to a group of four Ravens of the 811th Security Force Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Dressed in a gi with a purple belt, the flight crew chief with […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses October 25, 2017
  • Providing Reinforcement

    See more ‘Providing Reinforcement’ photos on Flickr More than 1500 service members have lost limbs in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. For those faced with this traumatic injury, the Department of Defense medical system has adapted in the last 20 years to speed up the recovery process and improve prosthetics. “Our patients […]

    Master Sgt. Brian Ferguson No responses October 20, 2017
  • Creating Synthetic Teammates

    See more Creating Synthetic Teammates photos on Flickr It could be argued that the one persistent challenge faced by the Air Force over its 70-year history is how to best integrate Airmen with cutting-edge technology. Most pressing, from the earliest days of aviation, was the need to protect the human body from the potentially deadly […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses October 2, 2017
  • Optimizing the Data Loop

    See more Data Loop photos on Flickr Col. John Boyd, an Air Force fighter pilot and military theorist, put forward the key concept of aerial combat known as the Observation, Orientation, Decision, Action (OODA) loop. Within this theory, the key adversary is not the capabilities of the opposing pilot or his aircraft, but time. He […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses September 21, 2017
  • Higher Ground

    See more “AFOTEC Approved” photos on Flickr Sun Tzu advised in The Art of War, “When the enemy occupies high ground, do not confront him.” This is why, since the advent of flight, all battlefield commanders have sought to control the airspace above the battlefield – the “ground” above the high ground. Control of the […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses September 8, 2017
  • Global Already There

    See more “AFOTEC Approved” photos on Flickr During the Soviet Union’s blockade of West Berlin from June 24, 1948 to May 11, 1949, the newly created U.S. Air Force, not even a year old, executed its first major air mobility mission. U.S. transport planes, along with Royal Air Force and British civil transport aircraft, delivered […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses September 1, 2017
  • Polar airlift

    See more “Polar Airlift” photos on Flickr Pole to pole. These three words are the motto of the 109th Airlift Wing –at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, New York – and though short, it is an accurate synopsis of the unit’s mission. “We fly missions to Greenland, which is near the North Pole, […]

    Master Sgt. Matthew Bates No responses August 21, 2017