The value of the SAB to the Air Force

The Air Force obtains significant benefits from the SAB's unmatched blend of backgrounds, deep scientific expertise, familiarity with the Air Force, and independence on critical issues involving science and technology.

As required by DOD and Air Force instructions the SAB has tracked the implementation of all recommendations made in SAB studies and S&T reviews since 2003. Each individual recommendation is assessed as "adopted", meaning it has been or is being implemented in full; "partially adopted", meaning that part but not all of the recommendation has been implemented; or "not adopted", meaning that no substantive changes have been made as a result of the recommendation. Typically, nearly 75% of SAB recommendations are fully or partially adopted.

Air Force Research Laboratory actively responds to recommendations resulting from each year's S&T reviews. There are also many specific instances of study recommendations affecting Air Force investments and actions, as well as Air Force requests for study results to be presented to Senators, Congressmen, congressional staffers, and the White House.

As a standing board of experts in Air Force-relevant science and technology, the SAB is able to rapidly respond to urgent needs of Air Force leadership. Such responses have been requested almost annually in the form of quicklook studies such as: Airborne Oxygen Generation (FY11), Test Range Compatibility II (FY10), Test Range Compatibility (FY09), Aircraft Operation in GPS-Jammed Environments (FY07), and Technology Options for Improved Air Vehicle Fuel Efficiency (FY06). In each case, the SAB has provided in-depth responses, at needed levels of classification, addressing the needs and timelines of Air Force leadership.

The interactive and collaborative teaming of expertise on the SAB, combined with the unique set of experiences from SAB membership, advances the knowledge and capability of every SAB member. Each member applies the experiences and knowledge gained on the SAB to enhance the quality and relevance of his or her other professional activities and efforts in academia, industry, FFRDCs, National Laboratories, or University Affiliated Research Centers. In addition, the experience and exposure of SAB membership has helped prepare many SAB members to later take on senior technical leadership positions in the Air Force, other services, and OSD.