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AF announces new innovation workshops at Science, Technology Forum

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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks to the audience at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2018. Wilson highlighted the importance of working with universities and private industry to advance tomorrow’s Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks to the audience at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2018. Wilson highlighted the importance of working with universities and private industry to advance tomorrow’s Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks to the audience at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2018.  Wilson highlighted the importance of working with universities and private industry to advance tomorrow’s Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks to the audience at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2018. Wilson highlighted the importance of working with universities and private industry to advance tomorrow’s Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson takes questions while sharing the panel with Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Stephen Wilson and Air Force Research Laboratory commander Major Gen. William Cooley at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2018. Wilson highlighted the importance of working with universities and private industry to advance tomorrow’s Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson takes questions while sharing the panel with Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Stephen Wilson and Air Force Research Laboratory commander Major Gen. William Cooley at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2018. Wilson highlighted the importance of working with universities and private industry to advance tomorrow’s Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks to the audience at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2018.  Wilson highlighted the importance of working with universities and private industry to advance tomorrow’s Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks to the audience at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2018. Wilson highlighted the importance of working with universities and private industry to advance tomorrow’s Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force announced dates and locations of the 14 upcoming innovation workshops open to the public during the Science and Technology 2030 Summit in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, 2018.

"Our research strategy will look broadly and draw from the best of American research universities as well as Air Force and federal laboratories," said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson.

The innovation workshops, designed to partner external ideas with Air Force resources, will be held in the following locations:

March 11-15, 2018: The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, Phoenix
March 22, 2018: University of Nebraska, Lincoln
March 29-30, 2018: Best Practices from State and Federal Government Organizations, Washington D.C.
April 22-26, 2018: American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Orlando, Florida
April 26, 2018: University of South Florida, Tampa
May 6-11, 2018: National Defense Industrial Association, Indianapolis
May 10, 2018: Indiana University, Bloomington
May 21-24, 2018: Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, Long Beach, California
May 22, 2018: University of Washington, Seattle
June 21-22, 2018: Best Practices from Industry and International Organizations, Washington D.C.
June 25-29, 2018: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Atlanta
June 27, 2018: Texas A&M, College Station
July 9-11, 2018: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Cincinnati
July 26, 2018: University of Utah, Salt Lake City

In September, the service began a review of its science and technology strategy led by the Air Force Research Laboratory with a focus on identifying the highest priorities for Air Force research and examining the way in which the service conducts its research.

Wilson emphasized the importance of extending outside internal research to ensure the Air Force stays on the cutting edge of technology.

“In a world where far more innovation is happening outside the government than inside it, connecting to the broader scientific enterprise is vital,” Wilson said.

"From jet engines to GPS, the Air Force has a rich history of researching and developing new technologies that become foundational capabilities for warfighters and a key part of everyday life for Americans," said Maj. Gen. William Cooley, AFRL commander. "With this initiative, we are going out to listen to Americans from higher education to small and large businesses to understand what basic and applied technologies will help us create the next game-changing inventions for 2030 and beyond."

For more information, visit www.afresearchlab.com/2030.

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