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 and FY19 Studies.

Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Photos

SAB Chair, Dr. James Chow, accepts the Air Force Association's Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the SAB in honor of their 75th anniversary.
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)
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)
SAB Executive Committee member and former SAB Chair Dr. Werner Dahm with Hon. Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force, on the occasion of his receiving of the Distinguished Public Service Award.
The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (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, technology and engineering and provides advice on matters of science and technology relating to the Air Force mission.
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 Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 20, 2016. Carlisle is the Air Combat Command commander, Bogdan is the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office executive officer, Pleus is the F-35 Integration Office director, and Lyons is the 388th Fighter Wing commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.)
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, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, presented the award and was joined by Central Florida Chapter President Michael Liquori (R) and Air Force Gala Chairman Tim Brock (L) on February 24, 2012. (Photo courtesy of the Air Force Association)
Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Founder
Air Force Scientific Advisory Board 1st Chairman

SAB Leadership

Dr. James S. Chow Dr. Melissa Choi
SAB Chair   SAB Vice Chair
Lt Gen Duke Richardson  Lt Col Elizabeth Sorrells
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

Contact Us

PENTAGON OFFICE
USAF Scientific Advisory Board (SAF/AQB)
1060 Air Force Pentagon
Room 5E815
Washington, DC 20330-1060
Phone: 703-695-4295
Fax: 571-256-3012


ANDREWS AFB OFFICE
USAF Scientific Advisory Board (SAF/AQB)
1500 W. Perimeter Road, Suite 3300
Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762
Phone: 240-612-5500 or 5501
Fax: 571-256-3012

Board Meetings

Winter Board Meeting

13-16 Jan 2020; Irvine, CA

Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering

Spring Board Meeting

30 Mar - 3 April 2020

Eglin AFB, FL

Summer Session

8 - 18 June 2020; Irvine, CA

Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering

Featured Links

SAB Links
  FY18 SAB Charter
                                                 

FY19 SAB Admin Handbook

FY19 SAB Biography Handbook

DOD SAFE

FY20 Travel Procedures and Forms

APAN Website

   
 

 

   
SAB Studies
  Recent SAB Studies
  List of All SAB Studies
Air Force Links
  United States Air Force
  Secretary of the Air Force
  Chief of Staff of the Air Force
  Air Force Senior Leaders

DoD Links

  Department of Defense
  Secretary of Defense

Other

  FACA Database