Months after release of new tech strategy, US Air Force is still deliberating a path forward

By: Valerie Insinna


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force is considering establishing a new program office inside its research laboratory to run pathbreaking “vanguard programs,” the head of Air Force Materiel Command told Defense News in an exclusive interview.

In April, the service released a new science and technology strategy that called for about 20 percent of Air Force Research Laboratory efforts to be restructured as vanguard programs that would bring together promising leap-ahead technologies from across the organization and push them forward using prototyping and experimentation.

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