AFRL/RX - Materials and Manufacturing Directorate Organizations

AFRL/RXA - Functional Materials Division
(937) 255-6573/DSN 785-6573

The Functional Materials Division plans, conducts, and directs in-house and extramural research and development of materials technologies with an emphasis on functional applications.  The division works collaboratively with other divisions and external organizations to develop, mature and transition the highest priority products needed by the Air Force.  It works to transition functional materials to legacy, developmental and future Air Force system components to provide increased system performance and efficiency, reduce cost, and accelerate manufacture.
 

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AFRL/RXAN - Nanoelectronic Materials Branch

The Nanoelectronic Materials Branch explores, develops, and transitions nanoelectronic materials and processes to improve performance, affordability, efficiency, and reliability of current and future intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) and electronic warfare systems. It maintains the directorate's competency to understand and connect the processing, structure, property, and performance paradigm needed for nanoelectronic materials development.
 

AFRL/RXAP - Photonic Materials Branch

The Photonic Materials Branch plans, conducts, and directs research and development of materials technologies to control, manipulate, and protect against photonic energy for legacy, developmental and future Air Force system components. It maintains the directorate's competency to understand and connect the processing, structure, property, and performance paradigm needed for photonic materials development.
 

AFRL/RXAS - Soft Matter Materials Branch

The Soft Matter Materials branch plans, conducts, and directs research and development of biological- and/or flexible materials and devices for legacy, developmental, and future Air Force system components. It maintains the directorate's competency to understand and connect the processing, structure, property, and performance paradigm needed for soft matter materials development.

AFRL/RXC - Structural Materials Division
(937) 255-9018/DSN 785-9018

The Structural Materials Division plans, conducts, and directs in-house and extramural research and development of materials technologies with an emphasis on structural applications.  The division works collaboratively with other divisions and external organizations to develop, mature and transition the highest priority products needed by the Air Force.  It works to transition functional materials to legacy, developmental and future Air Force system components to provide increased system performance and efficiency, reduce cost, and accelerate manufacture.
 

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AFRL/RXCA - Materials State Awareness and Supportability Branch
The Materials State Awareness and Supportability Branch plans, conducts, and directs research and development of technologies to improve detection and enable characterization of initial and evolving state of materials and damage in fielded and future Air Force systems, providing increased safety and aircraft availability, reduced maintenance cost, and accelerated certification and transition of advanced structural materials.  It maintains the directorate's competency to develop, demonstrate, and transition nondestructive evaluation (NDE) methods for Air Force applications.

AFRL/RXCC - Composites Branch
The Composites Branch Plans, conducts, and directs in-house and extramural research and development of organic and ceramic matrix composite technologies for legacy, developmental and future Air Force system components. It maintains the directorate's competency to understand and connect the processing, structure, property, and performance paradigm needed for organic and ceramic matrix composite and monolithic ceramic development.

AFRL/RXCM - Metals Branch
The Metals Branch plans, conducts, and directs in-house and extramural research and development of metallic materials technologies for legacy, developmental and future Air Force system components. It maintains the directorate's competency to understand and connect the processing, structure, property, and performance paradigm needed for metallic materials development.
 

AFRL/RXM - Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division  
(937) 255-3300/DSN 785-3300

The Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Division is responsible for planning and executing five programs supporting the defense industrial base and  Air Force weapon system development and sustainment: Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Base Planning, Defense-Wide Manufacturing Science and Technology, Defense Priorities and Allocations System (i.e. Defense Production Act Title I), and Title III of the Defense Production Act.  It identifies, prioritizes and integrates Air Force industrial base requirements with program execution authority to provide advanced manufacturing processes, techniques, systems, and equipment needed for timely, reliable, high quality economical acquisition, production, and repair of Air Force systems. 

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AFRL/RXME - Electronics and Sensors Branch

The Electronics and Sensors Branch plans and executes manufacturing technology programs to establish the capability for effective processes, materials, and procedures necessary for the affordable manufacture of sensors, electronic devices, assemblies and subsystems for utilization in Air Force and Department of Defense weapon systems.  It is responsible for developing an investment strategy for the interdisciplinary technology relationships of electronic design and engineering, materials and materials processing, fabrication, assembly, integration, test, and quality improvement and serves as Executive Agent for the Defense Production Act Title III Program.

AFRL/RXMS - Propulsion, Structures, and Manufacturing Enterprise Branch
The Propulsion, Structures, and Manufacturing Enterprise Branch plans and executes manufacturing technology programs and investment strategies to establish and improve production capability for effective processes, materials, and procedures necessary to affordably manufacture Air Force and Department of Defense (DoD) weapon system engines and structures in response to requirements and activities within the DoD industrial base, Air Force Product and Logistics Centers, and research and development organizations. It also serves as lead program manager for the Manufacturing Science & Technology program on behalf of the Office of the Secretary of Defense's Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy.

AFRL/RXO - Integration and Operations Division  
(937) 255-6981/DSN 785-6981

The Integration and Operations Division manages programmatic, operational, and business areas with balanced emphasis on facilitating innovation and achieving regulatory and instructional compliance to enable research and development for the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate.  It supports the director in strategic planning and management of corporate investments, to include budget and program process development.  The division provides official technical investment portfolios and promotes research to internal and external entities through corporate communication approaches.  It facilitates technology transition, transfer, and protection, as well as electronic records management.  The division implements computer support and information awareness to create a secure, reliable, and capable Information Technology environment for all work areas.  Division safety and emergency management programs compliment foundational and evolutionary engineering services, enabling the division to provide tailored infrastructure and laboratory support for research and development.
 

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AFRL/RXOC - Information Operations Branch

The Information Operations Branch provides secure and reliable Information Technology and Information Management solutions. Through acquisition, policy, and procedural support of computer hardware, software, and network infrastructure, the branch meets directorate requirements for simulation, data collection and reduction, administrative and technical reporting, and data communications.
 

AFRL/RXOE - Engineering Services and Support Branch

The Engineering Services and Support Branch works with researchers in the technical divisions to provide chemical, equipment, and facility life cycle support--from initial concept to final disposal.  It also provides solutions to compliance issues with regard to all aspects of research impacted by laws, directives, codes, and regulations.

 

AFRL/RXOP - Plans and Programs Branch

The Plans and Programs Branch oversees corporate-investment strategic planning, science and technology portfolio management, and corporate communications. It is committed to maintaining budgeting system processes and outyear planning, as well as program financial information.


AFRL/RXS - Systems Support Division
(937) 255-1907/DSN 785-1907

The Systems Support Division provides quick-reaction materials and processes support to a wide range of Air Force customer organizations, including Air Logistics Centers, Operational Commands, product centers and test ranges.  It conducts development programs to satisfy customer needs and ensure effective and timely use of materials and processes in Air Force applications, including sustainment of the current aircraft fleet. The division performs structural and electronic/electrical root cause/failure analyses, recommends solutions and provides lessons learned to developers and end users. The division also supports materials manufacturing and processing needs resulting from production assessments and field services.  Systems Support manages the Air Force Electrostatic Discharge Program, Air Force oversight of the DoD Energy and Environmental Program, the Air Force Coatings Technology Integration Program, and the Air Force Rain/Particle Erosion Facility.
 

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AFRL/RXSA - Materials Integrity Branch

The Materials Integrity Branch provides materials/processing consultation services to Air Force product centers, air logistics centers and to the operational commands. It investigates potential materials and processing related problems involved with aerospace vehicle accidents and performs laboratory failure analyses on structural and electronic components and systems. The branch also solves material and materials processing problems associated with operational and experimental Air Force systems, provides analytical chemical analysis support for quick-reaction efforts, and manages the Air Force Electrostatic Discharge Program.

AFRL/RXSC - Acquisition Systems Support Branch
The Acquisition Systems Support Branch delivers rapid expertise, solutions and technologies to meet Air Force customer needs in materials and processing, manufacturing/fabrication, corrosion control, specialty aircraft materials and maintainability, substitution of environmentally responsible materials and processes, and advanced power and alternate energy for the Air Force. The branch executes Advanced Power Technology Office (APTO) program to transition and integrate advanced power and alternative energy technologies into the Air Force's inventory of ground vehicles, aerospace ground support equipment, basic expeditionary airfield resources, base infrastructure, and aviation systems.

AFRL/RXSS - Logistics System Support Branch
The Logistics Systems Support Branch delivers rapid expertise, solutions, and technologies to meet Air Force customer needs in materials and processing, manufacturing/fabrication, corrosion control, coatings integration, sealant and elastomers, and specialty aircraft materials affordability and sustainment. It also provides materials and processes consultation to resolve the issues through the application of best practices or the use of advanced  technologies.