Research & Technology

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

  • Skyborg : Rise of the Autonomous Wingmen

    Although the technology seems like it comes from “a galaxy far, far away,” Air Force pilots will soon be taking to the skies alongside R2-D2- like wingmen; autonomous and paired to the pilot’s aircraft. Skyborg is an autonomy-focused capability that will enable the Air Force to operate and sustain low-cost, teamed aircraft driven by artificial […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses September 21, 2020
  • Failing Forward

    Senior U.S. Air Force leaders are embracing and promoting the concept that if their Airmen are not failing, then they are, more than likely, not moving forward. They believe pushing the envelope is necessary to keep the U.S. Air Force dominant and the occasional failure should be viewed by supervisors not as a negative, but […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses September 8, 2020
  • Podcast: Maj. Gen. Higby

    Maj. Gen. Patrick C. Higby is the director of DevOps and Lethality, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. In this role, he devises and implements strategies to responsively combat cybersecurity threats while rapidly delivering cyber, digital and information technology capabilities to the point of need. Listen to Maj. Gen. […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses August 24, 2020
  • Brig. Gen. Melancon Podcast

    In a time of great stress, upheaval and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Air Force has adapted, adjusted and innovated its way to maintaining readiness and protecting and maintaining a healthy force. The U.S. Air Force’s core missions remain unimpeded. It should be no surprise that the Air Force mission continues. […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses July 13, 2020
  • The Future is Now

    The center of Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 storm, passed directly over the flightline at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, in the fall of 2018. The hurricane’s eyewall winds, in excess of 160 mph, hit from the east and then quickly switched to the west, tearing apart infrastructure and damaging several multi-million-dollar aircraft. The devastation […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses June 29, 2020
  • THE AI ADVANTAGE

    The Air Force uses AI to improve every facet of the service and speed up decision-making processes at all levels Artificial Intelligence refers to the ability of machines to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, for example — recognizing patterns, learning from experience, drawing conclusions, making predictions, or taking action — whether digitally or […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses June 15, 2020
  • Everybody Looks Up

    In this video, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, a member of the Defense Innovation (Unit) Board, talks about how space exploration, and the development of technologies that make it possible, can inspire a new generation to seek careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As with the Apollo and space shuttle missions of previous generations, the […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses June 2, 2020
  • Red, White and Blast-Off

    (Editor’s note: The following is a reposting of an Airman magazine story and an episode of BLUE, which aired in 2017 on AFTV, about Air Force astronauts assigned to NASA. Additional information from NASA is added to mark the culmination of a nearly decade-long goal to once again launch American astronauts from U.S. soil via NASA’s […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses May 25, 2020
  • Mitigating Vulnerability

    CROWS ensures cyber-resilient AF weapons Over the last few years, the Air Force has been taking proactive approaches to prepare for a proverbial “sucker punch” via cyber-attack. In preparation for this assault, and to mitigate vulnerability, cyber resiliency is being ingrained into Air Force culture. By military definition, cyber resiliency is the ability of a […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses May 18, 2020
  • Developing Resiliency

    Maj. Gen. Patrick C. Higby is the director of DevOps and lethality, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. In this role, he devises and implements strategies to responsively combat cybersecurity threats while rapidly delivering cyber, digital and information technology capabilities to the point of need. During an interview with […]

    Bennie J. Davis III No responses April 27, 2020