Overcoming Challenges for AF2030
This theme seeks to identify concepts that provide capabilities to increase our space situational awareness and effectiveness. These include: dealing with congested, contested and expanding space operations; integration of orbits, platforms, sensors and detectors–data integration, fusion or exploitation–and how to protect them; automation, data analyses and synthesis for command and control of rapid response operations; and propulsion technologies for disaggregated small satellites and for large unique “high ground” orbital platforms.
This theme seeks to identify concepts that provide capabilities to increase the survivability and lethality of our nuclear forces. Those capabilities may include operations, sustainment and support of Air Force nuclear weapon systems available in 2030. Additionally, future operational environments will require increased weapons operability and survivability to withstand broader delivery envelopes and induced environments.
This theme focuses on rapid impact technologies and the issues surrounding the implementation and effectiveness of those technologies. These include high-speed platforms, defensive and offensive laser and electromagnetic systems, autonomy, quantum concepts, and the examination of how to keep humans “in the loop” while preserving effectiveness.
This theme seeks to identify concepts that provide capabilities to increase the performance of our personnel. Those capabilities may include enhancement and support of Air Force systems available in 2030, such as: research and technologies that will optimize individual human physical and cognitive performance across the challenging environments in which the Air Force is called to excel; technologies enabling humans and machines to seamlessly integrate into a single team where each leverages the ability of the other to achieve the commander’s intent; and designing interfaces to avoid complacency while enhancing performance.