HomeNewsArticle Display

Air Force and NSF announce partnership in science and engineering research

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and the National Science Foundation Director France Córdova sign a letter of intent in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2018. The letter of intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and the National Science Foundation Director France Córdova sign a letter of intent in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2018. The letter of intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and National Science Foundation Director France Córdova answer questions after signing a letter of intent in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2018. The letter of intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and National Science Foundation Director France Córdova answer questions after signing a letter of intent in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2018. The letter of intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and National Science Foundation Director France Córdova answer questions after signing a letter of intent in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2018. The letter of intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and National Science Foundation Director France Córdova answer questions after signing a letter of intent in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2018. The letter of intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks prior to signing a letter of intent with the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2018. The letter of intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks prior to signing a letter of intent with the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2018. The letter of intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

National Science Foundation Director France Córdova speaks prior to signing a letter of intent with the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2018. The letter of intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

National Science Foundation Director France Córdova speaks prior to signing a letter of intent with the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2018. The letter of intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and National Science Foundation Director France Córdova answer questions after signing a letter of intent in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2018. The letter of intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and National Science Foundation Director France Córdova answer questions after signing a letter of intent in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2018. The letter of intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and National Science Foundation Director France Córdova answer questions after signing a letter of intent in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2018. The letter of intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and National Science Foundation Director France Córdova answer questions after signing a letter of intent in Washington, D.C., May 9, 2018. The letter of intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and National Science Foundation Director France Córdova signed a letter of intent May 9, 2018, creating a new partnership for collaboration on scientific and engineering research to bolster national security.


The letter of intent initiates a strategic partnership focused on research in four areas of common interest: space operations and geosciences, advanced material sciences, information and data sciences, and workforce and processes.


“We are looking forward to deepening our ties with the National Science Foundation,” said Wilson. “We will simultaneously benefit from the research done together with a focus on the areas most vital to the future of the U.S. Air Force and the security of our nation.”


The partnership is designed to create a pathway between the basic research supported by NSF and the technologies needed to support the Air Force of tomorrow. Common areas of interest will drive cooperation at every level of research, including basic research, applied research and advanced technology development.


"Ensuring national security through innovation in science and engineering was part of the National Science Foundation’s founding mission nearly seven decades ago, and it remains one of our highest priorities today,” said Córdova. "We look forward to partnering with the Air Force on this collaborative venture and using our combined resources to innovate for the benefit of the nation."


This partnership reflects White House priorities including strong national security and efficient government operations.


“Rebuilding America’s defense capabilities has been a top priority of the Trump Administration since inauguration. A big part of that is translating fundamental discoveries into breakthroughs that make the country safer and drive the U.S. economy,” said Michael Kratsios, deputy assistant to the president for technology policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “This partnership between two of America’s (research and development) powerhouses – the Air Force and the National Science Foundation – will ensure that taxpayer funding of basic research is made more efficient, accelerates the development of advanced technologies for both civilian and military use, and fosters job creation and economic growth into the future.”


The letter states that "The Air Force will benefit from greater access to NSF’s considerably larger basic research program and community of researchers. The NSF will benefit with a direct pathway for the technical maturation of many of its research efforts and products, with increased relevance afforded by its direct support of the nation’s defense posture."


And in anticipation of the signing, the two organizations have already had initial discussions on topics spanning from the convergence of artificial intelligence, data and materials to Graduate Research Intern Programs.

Engage

Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Wishing all #AirForce marathon runners good luck in this year’s virtual race. Happy birthday #AirForce and have a great y…
Twitter
.@KIRTLAND377ABW is one of three bases using a new mobile application to streamline munitions inventory processes.… https://t.co/VQIAzo82bJ
Twitter
Two F-117 Nighthawks visited the @144thFW, California, to conduct dissimilar air combat training missions. This mar… https://t.co/B4lZUbO19p
Twitter
Attending #ASC21 this year? Be sure to catch DAF leaders as they speak on the state of our forces, family, agile… https://t.co/BRupfkuxuR
Twitter
RT @UnderSecAF: Celebrating 74 years of @USAirForce Airmen breaking barriers and defending the high ground. Thank you to all #Airmen, past…
Twitter
The Air Force has a 74-year success record in airpower, and all #Airmen—past and present—play an important role in… https://t.co/DroXtLgOLv
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: Happy 74th birthday to our great Air Force! https://t.co/xjRXwISSxK
Twitter
Special tactics Airmen assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing, @AFSpecOpsCmd, concluded their response to aug… https://t.co/QAgSEOKdbB
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Happy 74th Birthday @USAirForce. We have come a long way and will continue to fly, fight, and win…#Airpower #AnytimeAnywh
Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: For 74 years, the @usairforce has been protecting our skies and defending our nation. Happy birthday, #AirForce! https:…
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: SecAF's message to #Airmen on the @USAirForce's birthday: "You’ve built a proud legacy over the decades -- the future wi…
Twitter
USAF tradition calls for the most junior ranking Airman and most senior ranking Airman present to cut the birthday… https://t.co/c6COZ5fcvf
Twitter
Today is our 74th Birthday! From humble beginnings in 1947, we stand on the shoulders of great Airmen who have hel… https://t.co/Y5l4gnGiBp
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Meet MSgt Aldrian Byrd. He led security operations in support of Operation Allies Refuge at Ramstein AB and ensured the s…
Twitter
In partnership with the @AFResearchLab's Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation directorate,… https://t.co/NgCL6CkPVJ
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: The @USAirForce was established Sept. 18, 1947 by that year's National Security Act. To kick-off the service's formal bi…
Twitter
.@AFWERX Agility Prime partner, Moog Aircraft Group, has created a prototype electric vertical takeoff and landing… https://t.co/j8GTzog2bJ
Twitter
Three C-130s flying sorties from McClellan Air Tanker Base in Sacramento County, CA, are performing an aerial firef… https://t.co/77dTFbhjXI
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: A senior leader message prior to the @USAirForce's 74th birthday: "Our Airmen serve around the globe, always ready to de…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,376,929
Follow Us