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Software Sustainment and Maintenance of Weapons System Meeting

May 20-21, 2019, Washington, D.C.


Air Force Studies Board Meeting

June 26-27, 2019, Colorado Springs, CO





Past Events & Activities


Development Planning Roundtable Meeting

April 4, 2019, Washington, D.C.



Air Force Studies Board Spring Meeting 2019

March 18-19, 2019, Washington, D.C.


Sustainment Planning Early in the Development Life Cycle

January 23-24, 2019 Washington, D.C.



S&T 2030 Business Forum #2: Best Practices from Industry and International Organizations

June 21, 2018, Washington, D.C.   

This forum brought together leading industry experts and organizations in R&D to help inform the Air Force Research Lab rethink how it manages it's R&D portfolio.


S&T 2030 Business Forum #1: Best Practices from State and Federal Government Organizations

March 29-30, 2018, Washington, D.C. 

This forum brought together leading state and federal government organizations in R&D to help inform the Air Force Research Lab rethink how it manages it's R&D portfolio.


Creating Capability to Envision and Shift U.S. Air Force Mindset for a Very Different Future: A Workshop

March 12-14, 2018, Washington, D.C. 

The event brought together leading experts in organizational transformation and the leadership of past Air Force Studies Board activities to explore the challenges and opportunities to transform the Air Force's culture and organizational structure.





Air Force Science and Technology Engagement Summit , January 18, 2018, Washington, D.C.  

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Heather Wilson, Secretary of the United States Air Force. This event highlighted remarks from the Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, who spoke on her vision for rethinking how the Air Force manages path-breaking research.






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Multi-Domain Command and Control


The Air Force Studies Board  convened a workshop on July18-20, 2018 to discuss and explore the operational, technological, and policy challenges and opportunities facing the development and deployment of Multi-Domain Command and Control Systems for the U.S. Air Force.    


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Creating Capability for Future Air Force Innovation  


The Air Force Studies Board  convened a workshop on March 12-14, 2018 at the behest of the U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff. The goal of the workshop was to address the challenge of innovation adoption within the organization with a focus on understanding how complex organizations envision their future state, embrace innovation, and overcome impediments to change.


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Opportunities to Excel: Collected Advice on U.S. Air Force Acquisition   

acquisition-booklet-thumbnailThe Air Force Studies Board has organized several projects focusing on the challenges facing the U.S. Air Force acquisition community.  Our recently published booklet highlights key messages from a selection of recent reports and workshops focusing on different aspects of the acquisition process from development planning to sustainment.


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Combat Search and Rescue in Highly Contested Environments  


The Air Force Studies Board organized a 3-day workshop on combat search and rescue in contested environments to discuss and illustrate the challenges presented by the emergence of Anti-Access/Area Denial and Integrated Air Defense Systems. The workshop focused on the needs of the isolated personnel and how changes in training and equipment and the adaptation of new technologies can help to address the challenge.


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2015 Fraser



General Douglas Fraser retired from the U.S. Air Force in January 2013 after a 37 year career. Since retiring, General Fraser works as a global security consultant with several U.S. defense companies and is the Principal of Doug Fraser, LLC. His last assignment in the U.S. armed forces was as the Commander, U.S. Southern Command, responsible for U.S. military operations in Central and South America and the Caribbean. In this capacity, General Fraser was responsible for leading Department of Defense relief efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Prior to commanding U.S. Southern Command, he served as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command from 2008-2009.  General Fraser commanded operational flying units across the U.S. Air Force at the squadron, group, and wing levels.


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Founded in 1962, the Air Force Studies Board (AFSB) has a long history of providing expert advice to the U.S. Air Force.  In 1987, the AFSB celebrated 25 consecutive years of service with a symposium featuring some of the founding fathers of USAF science and technology development.  

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A Threat to America's Global Vigilance, Reach, and Power - High-Speed Maneuvering Weapons: Unclassified Summary (2016)


A Threat to America's Global Vigilance, Reach, and Power - High Speed Maneuvering Weapons: Unclassified Summary assesses the threat of high-speed weapons and provide recommendations to counter that threat. This report reviews the current and evolving threats, and the current and planned U.S. efforts and capabilities to counter these threats, identifies current gaps and future opportunities where the United States Air Force (USAF) could provide significant contribution to the U.S. effort to counter high-speed threats, and recommends actions the USAF could take in terms of materiel, non-materiel, and technology development to address the identified opportunities and gaps in U.S. efforts to address these threats.

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Owning the Technical Baseline for Acquisition Programs in the U.S. Air Force (2016)


Owning the Technical Baseline for Acquisition Programs in the U.S. Air Force discusses the strategic value to the Air Force of owning the technical baseline and the risk of not owning it and highlights key aspects of how agencies other than the Air Force own the technical baseline for their acquisition programs. This report identifies specific barriers to owning the technical baseline for the Air Force and makes recommendations to help guide the Air Force in overcoming those barriers.

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The Role of Experimentation Campaigns in the Air Force Innovation Life Cycle


The Role of Experimentation Campaigns in the Air Force Innovation Life Cycle (2016) (2016)


The Role of Experimentation Campaigns in the Air Force Innovation Life Cycle examines the current state of innovation and experimentation in the Air Force and best practices in innovation and experimentation in industry and other government agencies. This report also explores organizational changes needed to eliminate the barriers that deter innovation and experimentation and makes recommendations for the successful implementation of robust innovation and experimentation by the Air Force.

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National Security Space Defense and Protection: Public Report (2016)


National Security Space Defense and Protection reviews the range of options available to address threats to space systems, in terms of deterring hostile actions, defeating hostile actions, and surviving hostile actions, and assesses potential strategies and plans to counter such threats. This report recommends architectures, capabilities, and courses of action to address such threats and actions to address affordability, technology risk, and other potential barriers or limiting factors in implementing such courses of action.

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Software Sustainment and Maintenance of Weapons System Meeting

April 10-11, 2019, Washington, D.C.