Air Force

July 5, 2013

AF study highlights world trends, core missions

Ed Gulick
Air Force Public Affairs

The Air Force Chief Scientist has officially concluded his last study, looking into the Air Force’s core mission of global vigilance, reach and power, in the context of how global trends will affect those missions in the next 25 years.

The Global Horizons study, led by Dr. Mark Maybury, outgoing Air Force chief scientist, looked at how the Air Force’s core functions within the domains of air, space and cyberspace can be sustained and enhanced using science and technology amid a rapidly changing world.

The study highlighted how these domains will be increasingly complex, congested, competitive and contested.

“The study succeeded,” Maybury said “in quantitatively forecasting the future out to 2050 in terms of changes that influence global stability such as global population and prosperity, climate changes, and competition for natural resources (e.g., water, energy, rare earths) as well as forecasting technology and military trends that might undermine freedom of maneuver in global domains.”

These trends were used to determine actions in the near (present- fiscal year 2017), mid (fiscal years 2018-2022) and far (fiscal years 2023-2027) term where the service should lead, follow or watch current and projected trends in collaboration with joint and international partners. “The study clearly articulates where the Air Force should lead in S&T areas supporting core functions in the air, space, and cyberspace domains,” said Maybury.

One of the most important findings was the identification of specific investments being made by countries that could be leveraged to decrease the cost and accelerate the acquisition of capabilities. For example, the report highlights hypersonics and logistics automation in Australia, materials and manufacturing technology in the United Kingdom and Germany, biofuels in Brazil and robotics in Japan and Korea.

Assessing the outcomes of these different research areas will help the Air Force determine if they will be applicable to its needs Maybury said.

The study was created through a collaborative engagement with experts across government, industry, academia, national laboratories, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers and international partners. This allowed the study to leverage a wide array of expertise to ensure S&T recommendations for future AF actions were determined with the best information and expertise..

Maybury expressed deep appreciation to these Air Force partners as well as to the Major Commands, Headquarters Air Staff, and Air Force Research Laboratory for their partnership in creating the Global Horizons vision. Dr. Maybury’s successor, Dr. Mica Endsley, assumes the lead in pursuing how the service can best apply limited resources to shape future investments to respond to the findings and advance the recommendations of the report to advance Global Vigilance, Reach and Power.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs December 19, 2014

Commissary hours The Commissary will be closed Dec. 25 and 26. Regular hours will resume Dec. 27. The Commissary will be open regular hours Dec. 31, and closed Jan. 1, 2015. For more information, call 661-277-9175. Museum hours The Air Force Flight Test Museum will be closed for the Christmas holidays starting Dec. 22 and...
 
 

412th Force Support Squadron Holiday Hours

Christmas Eve: Dec. 24 OPEN: Aero Club: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Arts & Crafts/Auto Hobby: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Airman & Family Readiness: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Child Development Center: 6:15 a.m.-5 p.m. Family Child Care: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. High Desert Inn: Open seven-days a week, 24-hours a day Information, Tickets & Tours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Library: 9...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber

Edwards First Sergeants council wraps up Christmas programs

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber The annual Angel Tree program will provide gifts for around 300 Edwards children this year. The Edwards First Sergeants Council puts on the event to help Airmen unable to buy their children...
 

 
afmc-q-and-a

Lean thinking, process improvement highlight Busch’s time at AFMC

During the last 16 years and six assignments in Air Force Materiel Command, Vice Commander Lt. Gen. Andrew Busch was challenged to find new methods to operate more efficiently in one of the most complex and diverse commands tha...
 
 
flu

Flu season: What you need to know

Flu is officially upon us. If you have ever had the flu, you know it can knock you out รณ with members of your family, friends and co-workers not far behind. Today, it’s more important than ever to get your facts straight...
 
 
driving-safety

Driving safely on snow or icy roads

Unless you’re traveling through the mountains of Southern California in the winter, driving in the snow doesn’t occur very often. First off, don’t assume your vehicle can handle any road condition. Even four-w...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>