Artificial Intelligence for Mission Planning and Execution
With potential subthemes as: Big Data, Advanced On-Board Computing, Machine Learning, Autonomy, Electric Aircraft, Reactive Cyber-Physical Systems
Artificial Intelligence (AI) studies the overlap between computation and cognition. It is a broad field that touches on knowledge representation and retrieval, decision-making, natural language processing, biological phenomena, and human cognition. From autonomous technologies, to limitless data processing potential, AI enables America’s air force to maintain the definitive edge against aggressors by providing rapid decision-making capabilities in a digital world.
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Novel Sensing and Data Fusion
With potential subthemes as: Big Data and its Fusion, Computational Materials, Advanced Energetic Materials, Adaptive Control
The synthesis of multiple vectors of sensory and data-rich sources presents an outstanding potential to transform the landscape of 21st century warfare. Whether through advanced information systems networks or multi-feed battle management systems, strategic planners will be given an array of detection and analysis tools to meet the strategic threats to American forces across the globe.
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With potential subthemes as: Pattern Recognition, Quantum Information and Authentication
Cyberspace will be a major battlefield of the 21st century, including those electrical components that interact with the digital networks prevalent in operational environments. The strategic premium is on resilient software, devices, and technologies that can be sourced securely while also withstanding digital attacks by hostile actors. Taken together, it empowers American forces to accomplish warfighting objectives without concern for system or device degradation.
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Human Performance and Human Computer Interface
With potential subthemes as: Humans in Extreme Environments, Advanced HCI, Smart Healthcare
While America’s airmen will remain the critical piece of tomorrow’s Air Force, they will depend on and have access to the latest technologies and innovations in performance augmentation to enhance, protect, and sustain. Rapid pathogen detection and eradication can promote the readiness of forces to deploy at a moment's notice and sustain their health while in hostile environments. Precision diagnostic instruments can track individual biometrics and overall physical performance to inform medical personnel of airmen's specific wellness levels for prevention as well as treatment. This area of research also includes computer interface systems that combine with human users to produce seamless, interactive models to enhance airmen’s physical or cognitive skill sets in offensive and defensive scenarios.
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Next Generation Propulsion and Advanced Manufacturing
With potential subthemes as: Turbomachinery, Next Generation Combustion, Advanced Manufacturing
The advent of hypersonic weapons and aircraft means America’s air force can reach enemy targets, often within minutes. The foundation of this warfighting capability rests in identifying exact chemical and material compositions, engineering dimensions to scale and viable usability, and manufacturing these same complex materials that can endure the extreme physics environment associated with hypersonic flight.
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