Memo from the SAB Chair
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)