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

Facebook Twitter
RT @DeptofDefense: Defenders, assemble! @usairforce airmen with the 442nd Security Forces Squadron hone their lethality and team-building…
RT @AFResearchLab: Let's celebrate the beginning of Fall and the changing of leaves with this optical microscopy of deformation twins in hi…
RT @624RSG: Are you facing a challenge or dealing with a struggle? People find hope in many different ways, whether it's through family, fa…
RT @AF_Academy: You can’t beat this view. You just can’t. 📸@USAFWingsofBlue https://t.co/JLZcPVp7uP
RT @AirMobilityCmd: #Mobilty #Airmen will move heaven and earth to keep America’s promises to its service members. Check out this story of…
RT @DeptofDefense: Bringing them home. More than 82,000 Americans remain missing from #WWII through the Gulf Wars and other conflicts. The…
RT @USAF_ACC: Today is POW/MIA Day. We will forever remember and honor the lives lost fighting for our country. 🇺🇸 #USAF #POWMIARecognitio
Weren't able to make #ASC19 this year? No problem. We've got the goods. Push ▶️ to hear from first-time attendees a… https://t.co/rEOE1eukwz
Howdy Texans! #AmerciasAirForce is heading to the #lonestarstate on Sept. 27. Hear this #Airman share his love for… https://t.co/BS1ysk4ST3
The return of great power competition requires the U.S. military services to change and adapt quickly. Hear from De… https://t.co/kKiNeHywzp
RT @AirMobilityCmd: The four fans of freedom are blowing strong as a U.S Air Force C-130J Hercules from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansa…
RT @ActingSecAF: Kudos to @AirForceAssoc on #ASC19 👏🏻 What a wonderful professional opportunity for #Airmen & industry to expand our compe…
.@ACC_Commander designates the 16th Air Force as a new information warfare numbered #AirForce at #ASC19. As… https://t.co/LMiMJ3rWNO
RT @AstroHague: Thank you to the Airmen across the globe who make the human exploration of space possible. Wishing the @usairforce a happy…
RT @Hanscom_AFB: “The @usairforce is leading the charge across @DeptofDefense. No one else in #government has as much ... of this software…
RT @PACAF: Commanders from Australia, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Philippines, Thailand and the U.S. met for the 2019 Logistics and Safet…
To all those who helped establish the long blue line past, present and future, we honor you and we remember with th… https://t.co/teymF7proy
#ASC19: "We’re all in this together trying to make your service to country the best experience on the planet. We w… https://t.co/rdbCDBJr2c