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SAF/AQB Mission, Purpose, and Vision

MISSION

"To enable independent advice to the Air Force on matters of Science & Technology as directed by the Secretary of the Air Force"

PURPOSE

"To serve as the Headquarters Air Force focal point and Program Management Office in support of the Scientific Advisory Board's missions to include planning, execution, logistics and statutory oversight of Scientific Advisory Board activities"

VISION

"Unrivaled Agile Mission Support to the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board"

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

The SAB reports directly to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force in performing its duties as detailed in its charter. SAB products, including the Board’s advice and recommendations, are intended primarily for senior leadership of the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense.

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.

SAB is a Federal Advisory Committee chartered by the Secretary of Defense that consists of civilian experts appointed to provide independent advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Secretary of Defense on scientific and technical matters relating to the Air Force mission.

The SAB reports directly to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force in performing its duties as detailed in its charter. SAB products, including the Board’s advice and recommendations, are intended primarily for senior leadership of the U.S. Air Force and the Department of Defense.

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Since its establishment in 1944, the SAB has continuously served as the principal external advisory body to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force Chief of Staff, and to other senior leaders in Headquarters Air Force and the Air Force Major Commands, for scientific and technical matters relating to the Air Force mission.

In accordance with its charter, the Board is tasked to conduct several major studies each year on topics deemed critical by the Secretary of the Air Force, recommends applications of technologies to improve Air Force capabilities, and conducts annual in-depth reviews of the Science and Technology programs in the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).

The SAB provides its independent findings and recommendations to the Air Force senior leadership, principally to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. The Board's function is solely advisory.

Throughout the more than 70 years since the Board was established, SAB advice to Air Force senior leaders has 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. In recognition of the Board’s consistent history of providing outstanding advice to the Air Force, in 2012 the Chief of Staff of the Air Force presented the Air Force Association’s Jimmy Doolittle Award for Advancing Air Force Research and Development to the SAB Chair who accepted it on behalf of the entire Board.

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