The Air Force Challenge

The United States Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Presents the AIR FORCE CHALLENGE

Think Big, Start Small, Scale Fast

The Air Force Vice Chief of Staff is challenging Airmen, academia and industry to enhance Multi-Domain Operations, which integrates joint and coalition capabilities across all military operations. In a world dominated by rapid innovation, can you look around and find a better way to establish situational awareness, develop courses of action or deliver effects at unmatched speed? Many scenarios require us to act within 15 minutes or less.

Our adversaries have become very savvy at leveraging technology to challenge the superiority we have come to rely on. In each of our mission areas, we must rapidly harness and integrate technology that helps Airmen anticipate what’s next and speed our decision cycle. The Air Force Challenge will start small by gathering ideas from individual Airmen, rapidly evolve concepts with national thought leaders and scale fast by working with industry to build and demonstrate prototypes.

Learn how you can accept the challenge: www.afresearchlab.com


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

         
Dr. Timothy J. Bunning
  Col. Douglas S. Marting
 
Dr. Timothy J. Bunning
Chief Technology
Officer (Acting)
  Col. Douglas S. Martin
Mobilization Assistant
  Chief Master Sgt.
Kennon D. Arnold

Command Chief

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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
You're cable to do amazing things when teams work together in such a coordinated effort! The 88th Communications Sq… https://t.co/e9PJLqkVao
Does our turkey seem a bit dry? See @AFRL_CC tackle the #TurkeyChallenge head on! #ThanksgivingWeek #Holidays https://t.co/Pc3sLNSIhI
The @DeptofDefense rewarded @SimbaChain with a contract that is changing how the logistics supply chain network gam… https://t.co/9KnVmpVAFU
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We're home to some of the world's experts in #DirectedEnergy, so we asked our Commander @AFRL_CC to answer the… https://t.co/O3tPa9pEV6
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#Innovation needs powerful minds backed by funding. So see where "Squadron Innovation Funds" are going thanks to th… https://t.co/dMBVj6ImWs
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RT @usairforce: Members of the @AFResearchLab participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math…
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Honorary Commanders at @EdwardsAFB took their final tour of our Rocket Lab before leaving after their two-year pled… https://t.co/UafKedWyWp
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