Research & Technology

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

  • 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
  • An Innovative Collaborative

    On any given day, the person next to you in the coffee shop, restaurant or bookstore could be a hacker. Not the scary kind of hacker—frequently popularized by movies and the media—but the hackers who are out to do good in a big way. They may be helping the government find and prevent cyber vulnerabilities, […]

    Airman Magazine No responses August 7, 2017
  • Battlefield Game Changer

    See more “Battlefield Game Changer” photos on Flickr Central Florida The era of drone warfare is in full force; embrace the concept and unveil its multifaceted advantages, oppose the concept and watch the adversary swiftly frustrate, compromise, and shape the battlefield. The technology has come a long way from loading unmanned balloons with explosives and […]

    Airman Magazine No responses July 5, 2017
  • The Night Watchmen

    With civilization in the rear view mirror, the long road leading to a relatively unknown compound appears to never end. The seemingly infinite landscape, nearly untouched by human hands, is all that fills the eye. The setting sun and emergence of the night sky signals the beginning of a mission for a select group of […]

    Airman Magazine No responses May 15, 2017
  • Priority Maintenance

    See more “Priority Maintenance” photos on Flickr When Tech. Sgt. Chris Ferrell was home from deployment he would sit in his family room in the wee hours of the morning, watching TV with his friend, Tech. Sgt. Tony Campbell, who was sprawled out in the recliner next to him. He didn’t talk to Tony. Ever. […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses April 17, 2017