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Air Force Research Lab’s strategy to fast-track the weapons

File photo – an F-35A Lightning II aircraft to receive fuel from a KC-10 Extender from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., July 13, 2015, during a flight from England to the united states.
(U.s. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Brown).

An Interview with Tim Sakulich, director of materials and manufacturing, Air Force Research Laboratory, and is the executive lead for the Implementation of the air force’s Science and Technology strategy.

Warrior: What is the Air Force’s Science and Technology efforts in the search for the future.

Sakulich: In April, we released a new S&T strategy, that is, the setting of the speed and the direction in which we are in need of. If we are in the development of weapons systems, such as hypersonics, the National Defense Strategy, in order to provide a context. The S&T strategy, sets in 5 different areas of our strategic capabilities, to address continuing problems of a military nature. One of them is the speed and scope of disruption, and lethality. One of the best ways to do this is by the hypersonics as a tool in the tool box for the operator. From a material and production point of view, we are contributing to the hypersonics power base by looking at the materials and processes that make it possible for designers in order to show that this form of the future, and to make them affordable. This will include looking at composite materials for thermal management.

Warrior: What, specifically, it is for the AFRL to address a rapidly changing threat environment?

Sakulich: This is an era of great power competition. Technology has globalized at an unprecedented pace, as compared to the past. The air force S&T strategy is, in essence, is a response to this environment, as well as an attempt to maintain dominance in the 2030s. The competition has been a focal point of this objective in terms of a competition of ideas, operational capacity, and competition in terms of technological solutions, which are able to make a contribution. That is, the competition is also a way to foster innovation and to increase the speed of the drive to make things, to move out of the bank and as a war-fighting capability

Warrior: What are the promising, cutting-edge ideas about the running?

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Sakulich, One of the major factors in the development of a more robust modeling and simulation capabilities. The idea is to get the technology out of ideas, and they are consistent with the operational concepts and campaign analysis in order to determine whether or not technology makes a difference in terms of the outcome of an engagement at the tactical level and the strategic level. Turn off the technology, in a context in which we are trying to get a consensus. With the help of modeling and simulation is a way to do it. One of the interesting areas of the joint technology. This includes the network of arms in the field, and be able to communicate and optimize it in relation to the targets in real-time in the combat zone. This is a high priority for the air force, and has been getting a lot of enterprise-level adoption. This is how to adjust to the combat zone, real-time sensor data to optimize against the set goals.

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Warrior: What is the role the AI play in the AFRL’s strategic shift?

Sakulich: AI, is a cross-cutting factor. The ability to embed these technologies into our platforms for is a way to have the ability and the resolution on the speed and the complexity and make the problem is a lot of space, it becomes difficult for the opponents. With the help of the advantages of time, space, and complexity of AI-enabled systems will be able to the detractors’ issues are more difficult. This can be a benefit to you. The network of weapons, as well as systems for manned-unmanned aerial vehicles will be relying on the AI. We have to work in order to prove that, in the application to assess whether or not it really makes a difference to the operating capacity.

Warrior: What kind of job it is, the ARFL of the development of a lighter weight material.

Sakulich: Composite materials include a wide range of different materials, polymer matrix composites, ceramic composites, each with its optimal applications. It is a complete manufacturing base in the united states. the production of the community, and for the manufacture of composite structures. We will be focusing on new composite materials and the design of the tools for the damage tolerance analysis. Light weight systems offer a greater range and a greater ability on our weapon systems and we would like them to be affordable. Processes that are designed to be low-cost attritable platforms that rely on a lot of composite technologies.

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Iii: a number of the newly configured by the composite material in the F-35?

Sakulich: Our 5th-generation fighters that are essential in order to provide the readiness that we need in our game. The maintenance of these systems is complex and difficult, and many of the materials used and the manufacturing investment is focused on the sustainability and maintenance of these systems. We are working on the inspections in order to ensure that their performance characteristics meet the requirements of the level. This is very important because we are talking about some pretty exotic technologies these platforms are.

Warrior: The AFRL has been involved in laser development for quite some time now. How soon will she be up and running on more platforms?

Sakulich: Lasers and directed energy, are a class of technologies that has a lot of promise. Of course, some of the challenges, the size, the weight and the power that is needed for these technologies to become operational, relevant, and then to be able to prove the tactics, techniques and procedures in order to deal with them. There is a lot of work to be done, however, we have shown that the viability of the technology. Our main focus is on the modeling, simulation, and integration. Digital technology is an exciting field, and the ability to accelerate the pace of moving things from the bench level, from the field of science and technology in the system concept. And then, we are working on the integration of the concept into an operational campaign design. We can then feed information back into the field of science and technology, investment as well as the engineering process.

Warrior: What are some of the most important examples of the materials used, and the areas of priority for the AFRL?

Sakulich: An example of this is Quantum technology, and in particular, to look at the materials and devices are being developed that will enable us to use it in the future. Things like precision navigation, measurement, and computing and navigation. We are interested in boundary-layer the world to better understand and to investigate the heat flux in hypersonic weapons, which will allow us to do the optimization of thermal management is to determine the lethality and reach, and we are looking for. Another area is synthetic biology, and the understanding of what can be done to exploit the natural way of solving of the structure of materials at a very fine level. We are looking for proteins that could be used for military capacity in the future. This is a major challenge for these systems, especially when it comes to ceramic matrix composites, and to structures, both in terms of the structures and components in composite structures. Another challenge is the connection and the fuse. This is an important area of research as we work to address the risk of the drivers behind materials, and processes.

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Warrior: What is the AFRL’s do to the massive build-up of weapons in space and on the sector.

A warrior: to Protect the assets of the extreme environments that they encounter in the job, it is of crucial importance. The types of environments that may vary, depending on the type of job. In any case, we want to be better options for the size, weight, and space. We want to continue to be of very fine to extremely expensive technologies with a long period of time in order to get a job — it’s faster, smaller, systems. Small satellites have a lot of skill. This will ensure that any disruption in that area can be replaced easily, quickly, and operationally relevant time scales. Light-weight materials and solid materials that will endure in these areas are very important to us.

Warrior: What are some of the most important priorities, we didn’t have to ask about it?

Sakulich: A major priority in the additive manufacturing field. As a part of my portfolio is to invest in technologies that make our production processes more flexible, and more affordable, in those areas where the commercial sector doesn’t have to be a business case for the drive. This includes such things as the thermal cooling of the platforms, and the opportunity to work on a new weapon system concept design. We will be trying to prove out a variety of new additive manufacturing techniques and new materials that offer opportunities for the creation of a game-changing weapon. We are also looking at how to validate the tool kits in order to ensure that, if these structures are to be produced, they meet up with the specifications that you need.

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Warrior: What are some of the AFRL’s plans for the next couple of years?

Sakulich: This is an exciting time to be in S&T in The nation, has called for a more competitive approach to how we are to look to the future battlespace, and how we can be in the field of technologies of the future. The Air Force Research Laboratory, is to change the way things are done in terms of their flexibility and speed aspects of the technology in applications. We do this in order to make sure that our men and women will be able to accomplish the mission and come home safely.

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