Air Force develops plan to advance, deploy new technology

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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (WDTN) – A new science and technology strategy for the United State Air Force is being unveiled.

A report from the Air Force Secretary shows how they plan to develop and employ new technology for the next decade.

2 NEWS spoke with the commander of the Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patt to find out what the process will look like.

The strategy is broken into three objectives – develop and deliver transformational capabilities, reform the way that science and technology is led and managed, and expand their technical enterprises.

Over the past 18 months, Air Force officials have talked with universities, scientists and businesses to develop this strategic plan.

They do not know what technology will emerge rather this is a game plan on how they will identify and develop them.

The first component is to restructure the USAF science and technology portfolio.

To do that Major General William Cooley, Commander of Air Force Research Laboratory said they will focus 20 percent of science and technology funds into breakthrough projects.

Next, they will change the way science and technology are managed in the Air Force.

Cooley said, “(The) Secretary has directed that we stand up a chief technology officer within the Air Force that will act as the single voice for programming and budgeting in the Air Force. Advocating for resources and prioritize the complex science and technology portfolio.”

Finally, Cooley said they are looking to partner with the Orville and Wilbur Wrights of today.

“Historically we have had a strong relationship with small businesses but one of the things we need to do better is engage in those small businesses who aren’t aware of our needs and yet have terrific ideas that can help the air force and the national security enterprise,” said Cooley.

You can read the full report detailing the U.S.A.F.’s Science and Technology Strategy here.

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