Contact Us

PENTAGON OFFICE
USAF Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)
SAF/AQB (SAB Secretariat)
1060 Air Force Pentagon
Room 5E815
Washington, DC 20330-1060
Phone: 703.695.4295

ANDREWS AFB OFFICE
USAF Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)
SAF/AQB (SAB Secretariat)
1500 W. Perimeter Road, Suite 3300
Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762
Phone: 240.612.5513 or 877.732.3109
Fax: 571-256-3012

Board Meetings

Winter

Jan 23-26, 2017

Beckman Center

Irvine, CA

Jan 23 - Consultant and XO Training

Jan 23 - Study Meetings

Jan 24 - General Board Meeting

Jan 25 - Study Meetings

Jan 26 - Study Meetings

 

Spring

Apr 10-13, 2017

Lackland AFB

San Antonio, TX

Apr 10 - Study Meetings

Apr 10 - Study Chairs brief EXCOM

Apr 11 - General Board Meeting

Apr 12 - Study Meetings

Apr 13 - Study Meetings

 

Summer

June 5-15, 2017

Beckman Center

Irvine, CA

Jun 5-14 - Study Meetings

Jun 15 - General Board Meeting


S&T Reviews

AFRL/RQ - 24-28 Oct

AFRL/RY - 31 Oct-04 Nov

AFRL/RD - 14 Nov-18 Nov

AFRL/RV - 5 Dec-10 Dec

 

 

About the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board

The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is a Federal Advisory Committee that provides independent advice on matters of science and technology relating to the Air Force mission, reporting directly to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Since its formation in 1944, studies and technical reviews by the SAB have had strong impacts on the science and technology programs conducted by the Air Force, and on the resulting capabilities that have emerged from these programs to support the Air Force mission. 

The Board consists of approximately 50 members appointed by the Secretary of Defense from among the nation's leading experts in science, technology, engineering, and technical program leadership across FFRDCs, national laboratories, industry and academia.  They offer their time to benefit the Air Force and the nation by identifying applications of technology that can improve Air Force capabilities or that could enable entirely new capabilities, and advising on the Air Force science and technology portfolio to maximize its value in supporting the Air Force mission.

The SAB is tasked each year by the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force to conduct studies on topics deemed critical to the Air Force mission and recommend applications of technologies that can improve Air Force capabilities. Studies currently being conducted by the Board are summarized on this site, and a complete list of all previous SAB studies is also available here. 

The SAB also conducts five annual in-depth reviews of the science and technology programs in the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).  Each of these week-long reviews addresses programs in one of the AFRL Technical Directorates, with essentially all AFRL research programs being reviewed over every four-year cycle.  These reviews have informed Air Force leadership and influenced science and technology pursued and adopted by the Air Force.

As it has since been established in 1944 by Gen "Hap" Arnold. The SAB today continues its role of looking into the future to help enable affordable technological pre-eminence for the U.S. Air Force and the Nation.

Read more about the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

Memo from the SAB Chair

Memo from the SAB Chair

February 2017

 

Welcome to the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) public web site. 

 

The Board is in the middle of another highly active year, conducting major in-depth technical studies and technical reviews that have been tasked to the Board by the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.   The SAB continues to fulfill the mission stated in its charter from the Secretary of Defense, providing the best independent external advice to U.S. Air Force senior leadership and to assist the Air Force in maintaining a clear “vision into the future” of science and technology-enabled capabilities.

 

The SAB is currently executing three major studies that the Board was tasked to conduct this year: (1) Technology Viability to Support Penetrating Counterair Capability, (2), Adapting Air Force Test and Evaluation to Emerging System Needs, and (3) Nuclear Surety and Certification for Emerging Systems.  These studies formally kicked off in January, following three months of planning and preparation, and will be completed in June 2017.  Resulting findings and recommendations will then be briefed to senior Air Force leadership in Headquarters Air Force, the Major Commands, and other relevant organizations beginning immediately thereafter.  Final reports from these studies will be completed in August 2017, at which time they will enter security review prior to distribution.

 

In the past several months the Board has also conducted the on-site in-depth reviews of research strategy and progress in five of the technical directorates in the Air Force Research Laboratory, including (1) Aerospace Systems, (2) Sensors, (3) Directed Energy, (4) Space Vehicles, and (5) the System Technologies Office.  These reviews will be completed in April 2017, when the results will be presented to the senior leadership in the Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, and Headquarters Air Force.

 

In April, the SAB will hold its Spring Board Meeting at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where we will be hosted by 24th Air Force.  24AF is the operational warfighting organization that establishes, operates, maintains, and defends Air Force networks.  The Board will benefit by having its members gain first-hand exposure to the challenges of cyber operations and how 24AF is ensuring that warfighters can maintain the information advantage as US forces prosecute military operations around the world.

 

As it has done for over 70 years, the Board looks forward continuing to provide in-depth advice to Air Force senior leadership.  Over the years, SAB advice has had major impacts on the science and technology programs conducted by the Air Force, and on the resulting capabilities that have emerged from these programs to support the Air Force mission.

 

Dr. Werner J.A. Dahm

Chair, U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

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SAB Leadership



Dr. Werner J. A. Dahm  Dr. James S. Chow 
SAB Chair   SAB Vice Chair


Lt Gen Arnold Bunch  Lt Col Chris Jenkins 
SAB Military Director   SAB Executive Director

Value of the SAB

The Air Force obtains substantial value from having an established and highly recognized Board composed of some of the nation's top experts in science, technology, engineering, and technical program leadership who work without compensation under direct tasking from the Secretary of the Air Force to conduct technical studies on topics deemed critical to the Air Force and conduct in-depth technical reviews that help maximize the value to the Air Force from its science and technology investments.

Click here to learn more about the value of the SAB to the Air Force.