AFRL Nuclear S&T Investment Strategy 27 August 2010 Dr. David Hardy SES Associate Director for Space Technology Air Force Research Laboratory
AFRL Mission AFRL is the S&T arm of the AF Leadingthe discovery, development, and integration of affordablewarfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace force.
Sustainment/Modernization Challenges Vigorous and continual process underway between AFRL/AFGSC/AFNWC to define S&T way ahead • Maintenance of Nuclear Enterprise is an AF priority - failure is not an option • S&T has a critical role for both sustainment and modernization • Challenges to inserting technology in current systems • Existing capability must be maintained • Looking for Form-Fit-Function replacement • Must preserve nuclear certifications • Tough trades in incorporating more modern technologies • Must maintain the force availability • Can’t adversely impact overall system reliability, sustainability, affordability • Challenges to developing technology for future systems • Determining the S&T needed to enable adequate trade space • Need for systems engineering and development planning for future delivery systems • Using these to define most critical S&T needs to support those systems
Nuclear Deterrence and Strike AFRL has the core expertise to develop and execute the S&T programs needed to support the nuclear enterprise • AFRL has prime responsibility for S&T needed to support sustainment and modernization for: • ALCM • ICBM • Strategic Bombers • Nuclear Com • On-going AFRL Technologies: • Present Support • Thermal Protection Systems • Guidance • Propulsion • Technology competencies • Advanced Materials • Propulsion • Information Technology • Sensors • Human Effectiveness • Air Vehicles
Way-AheadNeeds Cycle • Have initiated process to define needs and develop S&T solutions • Command/Centers/AFRL fully engaged • Targeting written/prioritized S&T guidance from the command by 2Q FY11 • Targeting FY14 POM for implementation of new S&T investment to meet needs • Working with command and center to identify critical needs that need earlier investment • Continuing to support already identified needs
Summary Enabling the Future of the Air Force Nuclear Enterprise is a Top Priority of the AFRL Senior Leadership AFRL recognizes critical role that S&T needs to play to sustaining the current nuclear systems and laying the S&T foundation for their modernizations. AFRL has a broad technology base and S&T development capabilities to bring to bare Success will require a collaborative effort across the Nuclear Enterprise community Engagements are underway by AFRL to ensure it fulfills its critical role