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Update: New US Air Force S&T strategy focuses on prototyping and experimentation

22 April 2019

Key Points

  • The US Air Force rolled out a new science and technology strategy that focuses on 2030 and beyond
  • The service wants to draw upon past successes such as X-planes, Century Series aircraft, and stealth

The new US Air Force (USAF) science and technology (S&T) strategy for 2030 and beyond focuses on prototyping and experimentation to advance emerging weapon systems and warfighting concepts.

A focused set of key research programmes, called vanguards, will be limited in time and scope to achieve focus and urgency. While emphasising advance technology, they can synergise applied research, selected basic research, and experimentation and prototyping to drive forward innovative capabilities.

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