Research & Technology

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

  • 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 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
  • Great Power Competition

    The Air Force is changing. Air Force senior leaders are aware of the need to not only adapt, but retain the service’s competitive edge over our enemies. “All of us have to come together to understand the threat and be clear-eyed on the competition that we face,” said Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. […]

    Robbie Arp No responses March 25, 2020
  • Training Revolution

    After the Vietnam War, the Air Force shifted its training capabilities to large, air-to-air exercises such as Red Flag. However, the future of warfighting is rapidly changing, and training needs to keep pace with those changes. The Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation is the center of training innovation. “Everything we are doing today […]

    TSgt Perry Aston No responses January 27, 2020
  • Reconstructing Tyndall

    In September, nearing the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael striking Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Airman sat down for an interview with Brig. Gen. Patrice A. Melancon, Tyndall Air Force Base Reconstruction Program Management Office executive director. More than 60% of Tyndall AFB’s facilities were significantly damaged in the hurricane and, at the direction of […]

    J.M. Eddins Jr. No responses January 13, 2020
  • Research, Acquire, Sustain, Repeat

    Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr. is the commander of Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He handles installation and mission support, discovery and development, test and evaluation, life cycle management services and sustainment of every major Air Force weapon system. The command employs approximately 80,000 people and manages $60 billion […]

    Airman Magazine No responses January 6, 2020