Member Selection Process

The SAB brings together technical experts from diverse technology, science, and industry backgrounds to advise Air Force leadership on a broad range of technical topics. SAB membership is approximately balanced across academia, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) and National Labs, and industry to ensure the SAB's advice accounts for perspectives from diverse types of organizations.

SAB members are selected after careful consideration of a range of criteria based on the SAB's needs. An important factor is the depth of their technical expertise and experience and reputation in their respective technical communities, as well as their knowledge of the role of technology in advancing the Air Force mission. Membership is carefully monitored to ensure that the SAB provides deep and broad expertise to address the science and technology needs of the Air Force, and members are selected to span the set of technical areas of interest to the Air Force. Prospective members' knowledge of Air Force operations and practices is also valued to provide appropriate context for the SAB's technology advice.

The overwhelming majority of SAB members hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Most SAB members currently work in science and technology as active researchers, technical division chiefs, technical vice presidents, or equivalent technical leaders. Many actively publish technical work and participate in technical conferences and workshops. A limited number of SAB members are retired General or Flag Officers who bring with them vast experience and knowledge of the Air Force or other services contributing their operational perspectives to shape the SAB's advice.

SAB members must be U.S. citizens cleared or able to be cleared to at least DoD Secret level. Members shall not be active duty military, employees of the Federal Government, nor functioning as an employee of the Federal Government under the Interagency Personnel Act or any similar mechanism.

The SAB Secretariat annually issues a call for member nominations. Anyone can nominate individuals for SAB membership. A Member Screening Group comprised of the SAB leadership prioritizes and recommends new member finalists and alternates subject to approval of the SAB Military Director. SAB members are appointed by the Secretary of Defense under the authority of 5 U.S.C. § 3109, and serve as Special Government Employees.

Member nominations to the Board can be made throughout the year with the cutoff of 10 February 2017.

Nomination application for membership