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Air Force to Review Science & Tech Research Strategy

The U.S. Air Force will launch a one-year science and technology review in an effort to update the service branch’s research priorities and strategy.

The study will focus on the Air Force’s research management efforts as well as research areas that should be prioritized in next 10 to 20 years, the military branch said Monday.

“The Air Force must reinvigorate its focus on basic and applied research to ensure the long-term domination of air and space,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber conference.

The Air Force Research Laboratory will lead the effort and receive feedback and advice from the Air Force Scientific Advisory board.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Air Force Studies board will also run at least one workshop to generate input for the review.

The effort is intended to identify priority research areas for basic and applied research in air and space power; ways to foster productive partnerships with states, universities and other non-federal entities; and measures to remain innovative in the long term, the Air Force noted.

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