Research & Technology

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

  • Commanding Crew-1

    U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Hopkins is leading an international crew of astronauts on a six-month mission to the International Space Station following a successful launch on the first NASA-certified commercial human spacecraft system in history. NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission lifted off at 7:27 p.m. EST Sunday from Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses November 16, 2020
  • B-52: Global Strike Workhorse

    In its sixth decade of operational service, the B-52 Stratofortress is the most combat capable bomber in the U.S. inventory and can perform the greatest variety of missions of any bomber platform in the fleet. Due to its high mission-capable rate, large payload, long range, persistence and ability to employ both nuclear and conventional precision […]

    travisburcham No responses November 9, 2020
  • Learning Some Cold Truths

    Hidden in the hills of Fairbanks, Alaska, the Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. Originally the tunnels were built to be used in a Cold War experiment to test the protective capabilities of permafrost. However, scientists quickly discovered the tunnel would be […]

    TSgt Perry Aston No responses October 19, 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 October 5, 2020
  • 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