The 2030 Science & Technology Initiative

INVENT THE FUTURE...TODAY

Your ideas will shape the Air Force of tomorrow.

In 1944, Theodore von Karman envisioned a new Air Force through his study Toward New Horizons. The technologies identified more than 70 years ago are the reality that keeps America safe today.Submit your ideas to help us invent the future for 2030 and beyond.

In September 2017, Secretary of Air Force Heather Wilson launched an initiative to update the Air Force's science and technology strategy. Over the course of a year, the Air Force will listen and learn from the scientific community, higher education, and business professionals through a series of conversations and outreach events.


Learn more: www.afresearchlab.com/2030

AFRL Leadership

Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley
      Col. Elena M. Oberg      
Maj. Gen.
William T. Cooley

Commander
  Col. Elena M. Oberg
Vice Commander

  Jack Blackhurst
Executive Director

         

  Col. Douglas S. Marting
 
Dr. Michael Eismann
Chief Technology
Officer(Acting)
  Col. Douglas S. Martin
Mobilization Assistant
  Chief Master Sgt.
Thomas R.
Christopher

Command Chief

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About AFRL

   

AFRL leads the discovery, development and product delivery of new air, space and cyberspace technologies that provide our Air Force with what it needs to defend America. Our research has turned into recognizable technologies that have changed the everyday lives of Americans, altering how we work and travel. AFRL focuses its research on developing new technology in: aerospace | sensors | information | munitions | materials and manufacturing processes | directed energy | space vehicles | improving human performance |

AFRL Inspire

     
 
AFRL Inspire is a series of talks which seeks to energize and motivate the current and next generation of Air Force scientists and engineers.  Inspired by the popular TED Talks series, AFRL Inspire consists of presentations by AFRL researchers who have made important discoveries, solved complex technical challenges, developed new USAF capabilities, and directly impacted the safety and mission success of the warfighter.

Visit the AFRL You Tube Channel to check out Inspire, the AFRL Century Series, and more.  

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What started by loading a patient into a rickety biplane has evolved to serve a fleet of flying hospitals and more. The United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine’s School of Air Evacuation will celebrate its 75th anniversary August 2 and 3. https://go.usa.gov/xU5wV
Dr. Michael Hayduk of the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) discusses ways the Department of Defense may use quantum science technology in the future. https://bit.ly/2NV4mXr
AFRL’s Jason Wolf, an industry-academia expert on a critical Air Force alloy, has been recognized as one of the “30 individuals under the age of 30 who are leading the manufacturing industry into the future.” https://bit.ly/2zJYIUR
#OTD in 1975, Russians and Americans met in orbit for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Mission, setting the stage for decades of international cooperation in space. It was the last landmark flight of AFRL legend Gen. Tom Stafford’s storied career.
Thank you to our friends at the University of Utah for making our Air Force Science and Technology 2030 Initiative visit such a success. More than 200 educators, scientists and others met in brainstorming sessions to identify ideas for research. #AF2030" target="_blank">https://bit.ly/2NYihvS #AF2030</a>
#OTD AFRL research into radar, wing design, avionics and Stealth took to the air on July 17, 1989, when the Northrop B-2 Spirit made its first flight -- a two-hour sortie from U.S. Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., to Edwards Air Force Base. Northrop test pilot Bruce Hinds and Col. Richard S. Couch, the B-2 Combined Test Force director, flew the “stealth” bomber. This marked the first time that a flying wing aircraft had flown over the Mojave Desert in nearly four decades.
We have awarded a nearly $25 million contract to Altamira Technologies to develop next-generation radio frequency (RF) sensing technologies for contested and congested spectrum environments. https://bit.ly/2JbJirT
An AFRL-developed mobile-based communications system is giving defenders at Eglin AFB almost immediate situational awareness in their security duties. https://go.usa.gov/xU969
The Autism at Work Initiative is creating hiring opportunities on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for people with autism. The program has welcomed its first 20 interns from Wright State. https://bit.ly/2mkwCq1
We captured this lightning strike and our 1,000th idea for the future of United States Air Force science and technology last week at The University of Utah. Add your idea: www.afresearchlab.com/2030. #AF2030
Congratulations to Wright State University engineering students Trevor Nartker and Ivan Frasure, recipients of Department of Defense SMART scholarships. They will join us at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) after completing their SMART-funded master’s degrees in computer engineering. https://bit.ly/2Lcg7a7
Dr. Katie Thorp recently won the Society of Women Engineers Prism award for her outstanding professional achievements, dedicated leadership and influential community service. Just one day after the announcement, she lost her long battle with cancer. Thorp worked for the Air Force for 26 years. Most recently, she served as a research lead within AFRL’s Materials & Manufacturing Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. Throughout her career, she led fellow scientists in discovering groundbreaking solutions, developing innovative technologies and delivering new aerospace materials. Thorp’s passion for science and engineering guided her path in life. She was an accomplished researcher, a leader in numerous professional societies and an advocate for STEM outreach programs. Her life epitomizes the revolutionary spirit of AFRL. She will be greatly missed by her extended AFRL family, though her legacy will continue to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
The. U.S. Air Force recently awarded two companies nearly $900 million to produce a new, advanced bunker buster bomb. AFRL contributed several technologies to the new munition including an improved warhead design, reduced cost high-strength steel, a redesigned fuse well, and a co-patented device that arms the fuse while preserving the structural integrity of the warhead. https://bit.ly/2LbMnKA
We are partnering with the University of Cincinnati to craft a carbon nanotube “smart” fabric that one day may allow your clothing to power electronic devices. https://bit.ly/2KY8K9r
Summer interns in the Sensors Directorate start doing important work right away. https://go.usa.gov/xUkDF
Electronics can generate a lot of heat. We are helping to fund research in Illinois and Texas of a crystal-growing process that offers the promise of cooler devices. https://bit.ly/2NF1YUE
How can you know where you are if something happens to the GPS system? We’re using cold atoms to create hot tech to answer that question. https://bit.ly/2JgVkAB
#TBT The XNBL-1 “Barling Bomber” -- the largest U.S. plane of its era – was tested by one of AFRL’s predecessor organizations in Ohio in the 1920s. It was not considered a success, but it did point the way to the development of the B-17s and B-29s used during World War II. https://bit.ly/2Ji5K2M
Hap and Ted did a lot of listening to big ideas at The University of Utah this week! What’s your idea science or innovative business process idea? We want to know: www.afresearchlab.com/2030. #AF2030 #HapAndTedsExcellentAdventure
We’re helping to develop technologies and transition processes to improve the cyber resiliency of hundreds of Air Force weapon systems, including aerial refueling planes, fighter jets and inertial navigation systems. https://bit.ly/2lSU7pW
Every summer #students from all over the country join our team, bringing fresh ideas and excitement to gain real wo… https://t.co/VeAUeGS57r
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Like the Wright brothers, today's #Airmen dare to break barriers. They take challenges & turn them into opportunities…
Using #science and #engineering 💪🏻 to take the @usairforce to a level no one could imagine. #NationalAviationDay https://t.co/WTb2ySfL3U
Through the genius of Theodore Von Karman in 1944, his study "Toward New Horizons" and a tenacity to keep driving a… https://t.co/WWMdaAV4rB
Moving right along, in 1914 we saw the first commercial flight conducted by Tony Jannus between St. Petersburg Fl.… https://t.co/H0LfqbRJ3N
The US and The World were quick to notice the #wrightbrothers successes in the early 1900's. So the Military wanted… https://t.co/cfpTDbxiuM
The Zeppelin LZ-4 revolutionized aviation in terms of how long we'd be able to stay in the air. We owe that to Coun… https://t.co/fjWGSAW6da
Well Captain, I do believe this technology has come of great use. Learn how the "WORF" Earth View module has aided… https://t.co/f03VlhZTXx
RT @usairforce: Imagine trying to use a stethoscope on a plane. The noise makes the tool essentially useless. A new #technology aims to sol…
Always remember to keep your wingman close as you make your way to the weekend! #fridayfeeling #airforce https://t.co/6y5H7j9mwp
RT @AFWERX: Capt. Singleton, program manager for AFRL's Center for Rapid Innovation and head of the Space Technology Accelerator program, e…
It's incredible what applications #VR has in and out of the military sphere. Check out how the #AFreasearchlab is u… https://t.co/VjyWzgRwGh
These highly skilled airmen are preparing for any threat. @EdwardsAFB focuses on readiness. #airforce #teamwork https://t.co/ypymdSPSHp
@chrissyteigen once #HBOTD is up, do you think @johnlegend would have time for a “Plane of the Day” recording? https://t.co/5k0bnFU0A9
Dear @johnlegend, could you sing “Plane of the Day, It’s the Plane of the Day” for us? #HBOTD tune. @chrissyteigen https://t.co/IqGUnQrFuZ
Congrats to Vadim Yakovlev for reaching the prestigious status of Fellow at the International Microwave Power Insti… https://t.co/oCVmdH3yEl
Make sure to keep your business ideas at the ready people! The @AFRLCommAcademy and the labs themselves are here to… https://t.co/s31s8kBUnD
We now have the largest Pitch Black Exercise under the world's belt thanks to our colleagues in the @Aus_AirForce .… https://t.co/Z3daaFLlH1
This morning should the perfect Opportunity to freshen up with some great music. #marsopportunityhttps://t.co/Jku34RaX8g
And what a great review it was! Dr. Ivett Lyva & Dr. Eric Marineau could really share some incredible… https://t.co/yB6SxoFacb

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