The 2030 Science & Technology Initiative


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.

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AFRL Leadership

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

  Col. Elena M. Oberg
Vice Commander

  Jack Blackhurst
Executive Director


  Col. Douglas S. Marting
Dr. Michael Eismann
Chief Technology
  Col. Douglas S. Martin
Mobilization Assistant
  Chief Master Sgt.
Thomas R.

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.
Dr. Michael Hayduk of the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) discusses ways the Department of Defense may use quantum science technology in the future.
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.”
#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"> #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.
An AFRL-developed mobile-based communications system is giving defenders at Eglin AFB almost immediate situational awareness in their security duties.
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.
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: #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.
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.
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.
Summer interns in the Sensors Directorate start doing important work right away.
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.
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.
#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.
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: #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.
When you commit yourself to something enough, incredible outcomes will follow. Senior Airman William Leuzinger show…
Nathan's here to show you how amazing working with #AFRL on our "Legacy" #STEM team is!
RT @HQ_AFMC: Check out this week's @usairforce in may just see someone the command knows well! https…
#MondayMotivation “Let me tell you the #secret that has led me to my #goal. My #strength lies solely in my…
RT @AFWERX: "The future is malleable." Listen to Nolan Bushnell, Founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese, speak at the annual AFWERX #FusionXp
RT @DARPA: Engineers at @UCSanDiego have a new way to generate light! It works by tunneling electrons through a tiny barrier in a nano-size…
RT @AirmanMagazine: Dr. Richard J. Joseph is the Chief Scientist of the @usairforce. He serves as the chief scientific adviser to @GenDaveG
It’s not because they’re flying pigs 🥓 #science
RT @usairforce: At the heart of the #AirForce is the squadron — our foundational #warfighting unit. It's where culture resides, #innovation
Colonel Michelle Aaron has won the prestigious ORION Award from the Armed Forces Optometric Society. Congratulatio…
RT @AFOSR: What happens when you're flying at hypersonic speeds? Professor Thomas Schwartzentruber, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics @umna
What if #robots were built smaller, softer, and more flexible? We continue our tour of ideas with a stop at…
RT @AFWERX: Learn about the newest tech innovations for the Air Force at AFWERX's Fusion Xperience #innovate2protect #drones #militarytech
RT @AFWERX: Great to see the newest tech being recognized by the Air Force and @dodsbir. AFWERX and @AFResearchLab helps startups like @pie
@jfrhoads @TeamEglin We see what you did there.....😂
RT @InnovateIndiana: The latest Innovation in Bloomington e-newsletter is here! Topics include @IndianaUniv being a top recipient of patent…
We’re impressed with your work this summer! Bring on the second Gold! 🥇@iGEMLabPats @iGEM #STEM

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