Research & Technology

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

  • Operational impact

    Air Force ranges provide relevant and realistic training to air and ground forces to prepare for combat and contingency operations around the globe. See more RANGES photos on Flickr These ranges are where many pilots, joint terminal attack controllers and other operational personnel cut their teeth or sharpen their skills through mass exercises, joint training […]

    TSgt Perry Aston No responses June 13, 2019
  • Hacking Acquisitions

    The Defense Innovation Unit is in the business of finding solutions to military problems in the commercial marketplace. First, they investigate technological solutions to address a military need or problem. Then, they determine the best commercial company to provide that solution and facilitate an agile acquisition of the technology. DIU can then assist as the […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses May 20, 2019
  • The Beyond

    Text by Col. Martin France “Learning space by doing space” is the motto of the Air Force Academy’s unique FalconSAT senior capstone engineering program, a program unlike any other undergraduate space program in the world. Each year Astro Department faculty, aided by experts from other departments, NCOs, technicians and contractors, provide cadets with the real […]

    Airman Magazine No responses May 13, 2019
  • Podcast – Dr. Will Roper

    The inaugural Airman Podcast for the At Altitude channel features a conversation with Dr. Will Roper, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. As the Air Force’s Service Acquisition Executive, Dr. Roper is responsible for and oversees Air Force research, development and acquisition activities totaling an annual budget in excess […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses May 7, 2019
  • Effective Risk

    The Air Force’s history is a timeline rich in success stories of innovation and calculated risks taken by Airmen to achieve a legacy of dominance in airpower, yet behind any of these success stories there’s a series of lessons learned from failure. Yet today many Air Force senior leaders express somewhere along the way in […]

    Andrew Arthur Breese No responses April 2, 2019
  • Open Code

    Capt. Michael J. Kanaan, Air Force Artificial Intelligence co-chair, believes the Air Force needs more computer language experts in order to maintain dominance. Kanaan said the languages of artificial intelligence algorithms can, and should, be taught to Airmen as a mission-critical skill, just like Mandarin, Spanish or Arabic. “The languages of computers themselves are as […]

    Andrew Arthur Breese No responses March 11, 2019
  • Time is of the Essence

    In early 2019, Airman interviewed Dr. Will Roper, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. As the Air Force’s Service Acquisition Executive, Dr. Roper is responsible for and oversees Air Force research, development and acquisition activities totaling an annual budget in excess of $40 billion for more than 465 acquisition […]

    Airman Magazine No responses February 28, 2019
  • Sustaining Balance

    Lt. Gen. Robert D. McMurry, Jr. is the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The organization is the single center responsible for total life cycle management covering all aircraft, engines, munitions and electronic systems. It is one of six centers reporting to Air Force Materiel Command. The men […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses February 11, 2019
  • B-2 Spirit

    With its precision, stealth, long-range capability and payload capacity, the B-2 Spirit is one of the most versatile airframes in the Air Force’s inventory. The combination of its unique capabilities enables global reach and allows the Air Force to bypass the enemy’s most sophisticated defenses. The B-2 Spirit’s low-observable, or stealth, characteristics give it the […]

    Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos No responses January 14, 2019
  • F-35A Lightning II

    The F-35A Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter combining advanced aerodynamics, survivability in high-threat environments and an enhanced ability to provide pilots and allied assets across operational domains with robust situational awareness. The F-35 is the result of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program to develop a single-engine, stealthy, multi-role fighter to replace an aging […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses December 10, 2018