Membership was established and, on June 17, 1946, it convened for the first time. On all major counts, it was manned, structured, and administered according to the von Karman-LeMay plan. Membership to
1952 Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Members
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2018 Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Meeting Spring Board Meeting at AFOTEC on Kirtland AFB
2019 Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Members (SAB) during its spring session April 8, 2019, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The SAB is made up of some the nation’s leading experts in science, techno
Summer Session Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Members
Dr. James Chow SAB Chair of Spring Board Meeting at AFOTEC on Kirtland AFB from 2017-2019
The 2018 Air Force Association's Air, Space & Cyber Conference at the Gaylord National Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Mike Tsukamoto, Air Force Magazine)
Accepting the Jimmy Doolittle Educational Fellow for Advancing Air Force Research and Development is Dr. Eli Niewood, Chairman of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. General Norton A. Schwartz,
Gen. Hawk Carlisle, Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus and Col. David Lyons, speak during the F-35 Lightning II reaching initial operational capability panel discussion during the Air
“Your limits are
somewhere up there,
waiting for you to
reach beyond infinity.”
— General Henry H. “Hap” Arnold
Founder, USAF Scientific Advisory Board
Henry H. Arnold also holds the distincti
the world that exists;
engineers create the
world that never was.”
— Dr. Theodore von Kármán
Founder, USAF Scientific Advisory Board
(1881-1963) Theodore von Kármán, Direc
Welcome to the Department of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board
The Department of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (DAF SAB), a Federal Advisory Committee (FACA of 1977), provides the Department of the Air Force (DAF) with independent advice on matters of Science and Technology (S&T) relating to the DAF mission, reporting directly to the Secretary of the Air Force. Since its formation in 1944, studies and technical reviews by the DAF SAB have had strong impacts on the S&T programs conducted by the DAF, and on the resulting capabilities that have emerged from these programs to support the DAF mission.
The Board consists of members appointed by the Secretary of Defense who are eminent authorities in the fields of science, technology, manufacturing, acquisition process, and other matters of special interest to the DAF. Membership will consist of talented private and public sector leaders with a diversity of background, experience, and thought in support of the DAF SAB mission).. They offer their time to benefit the DAF and the nation by identifying applications of technology that can improve DAF’s capabilities or that could enable entirely new capabilities, and advising on the DAF’s S&T portfolio to maximize its value in supporting the Air Force mission.
The DAF SAB is tasked each year by the Secretary of the Air Force to conduct studies on topics deemed critical to the DAF mission and recommend applications of technologies that can improve DAF capabilities. Studies currently being conducted by the Board are summarized on this site, and a complete list of all previous DAF SAB studies is also available here.
The DAF SAB also conducts in-depth and cross-cutting reviews of the S&T programs in the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). DAF SAB reviews examine AFRL's science, people, strategy, resources, focus, facilities, and results and assess the technical quality, relevance, and balance of AFRL's S&T portfolio. 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 DAF leadership and influenced both science and technology pursued and adopted by the Department of the Air Force.
Since its establishment in 1944, the DAF SAB has continuously served as the principal external advisory body to the Secretary of the Air Force and to senior leaders in Headquarters Air Force, Air Force Major Commands, and more recently Space Force Field Commands, for scientific and technical matters relating to the Department of the Air Force mission. The DAF SAB today continues its role of looking into the future to help enable affordable technological pre-eminence for the Department of the Air Force and the Nation.