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Making Vision Reality: Preparing the Air Force to Exploit Future Technology
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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The Air Force faces significant reductions and restructuring of the research, development, test and evaluation RDTE infrastructure. The Air Force needs to assess how best to cope with the reductions and insure future vital technology is developed and tested. This paper reviews the Air Forces commitment to technology by examining historic trends. The trends include funding and manning levels, and a subjective assessment of the Air Force approach to technology. The subjective assessment includes five rating areas. For example, the study examines whether the Air Force was more committed to revolutionary technology or incremental improvements to current technical capabilities during various time frames. In addition, the recommendations of two major scientific studies by the Scientific Advisory Board, Toward New Horizons and New World Vistas, are examined. From this historical analysis, recommendations are made concerning the changes in Air Force strategy and policy for RDTE.
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