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  • AFRL experts develop additives aimed at improving aircraft engine bearings

    Researchers for the Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate managed a multi-contract to help improve advanced aircraft engines.As part of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, this newly developed additive will be used with the fully formulated gas turbine engine oils on the new aircraft engine
  • Air War College, Futures Group discuss technology impact on defense industry

    The Air Force Office of Scientific Research recently hosted a conference with representatives from the Air War College and the Air Force Futures Group.Participants included Air War College students who have been researching nanotechnology, biotechnology, directed energy and cyberspace as part of the Air Force's Futures Group study. Also present
  • Bacteria research explored as power source for Air Force systems

    The Air Force Office of Scientific Research recently awarded a five-year grant to the University of Southern California (USC) valued at $4.5 million to lead a study on bioengineered fuel cells. USC will collaborate on the multidiscipline university research initiative - or MURI - with Rice University in Houston, Texas. Bioengineered fuel cells are
  • Research managers navigate, execute the basic research funding process

    Providing U.S. warfighters with a technological edge in battle is a huge responsibility and the Air Force's Office of Scientific Research is actively involved in the process.Each year, AFOSR's program mangers evaluate thousands of basic research proposals received from scientists and researchers worldwide. Each proposal is tied to a request for
  • Air Force celebrates 60 years, honored at Blue Jackets game

    Part of a continuing celebration and recognition of the Air Force's 60th anniversary this year, Wright-Patterson AFB military and other members of the armed forces were honored by the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team Jan. 26 at Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets showed their hospitality to Col. Colleen Ryan, 88th Air Base Wing commander, with a
  • Air Force posts KC-X request for proposals

    The assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition announced Jan. 30 the posting of the KC-X Aerial Refueling Aircraft Request for Proposal to the Federal Business Opportunities Web site, signaling the official launch of the Air Force's No. 1 priority acquisition program. The announcement comes after an extensive and transparent dialogue
  • Tanker recapitalization proposal released

    Air Force leaders officially released a request for proposal for a replacement tanker aircraft Jan. 30. The RFP is the official invitation to manufacturers to begin making offers to build a replacement for the Air Force's aging "Eisenhower-era" fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers, said Sue Payton, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition.
  • Wright-Patt unveils new public web page

    The public web page for one of the Air Force's largest and most diverse installations has a whole new look. The new Wright-Patterson Air Force Base web page, www.wpafb.af.mil, is designed using a new standardized format being implemented Air Force wide. It's intended to make navigation by the general public much easier, said Derek Kaufman, a public
  • More ways to train for marathon than just hitting the pavement

    The civilian health and fitness coordinator for the Air Force Research Laboratory used a different way to train for competing in the Disney Marathon Jan. 7 in Orlando. Ray Szymanski said he did almost all his training leading up to the event on treadmills to reduce wear and tear on his legs and knees. After running the U.S. Air Force Marathon at
  • First line of defense against flu is you

    Influenza, or what is commonly called the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses typically during the months of October through late spring. The flu can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. Most healthy people recover from the flu without complications. Older people, young children and people who have