Nuclear Delivery Systems Theme at the AF S&T 2030 Forum
Hosted by The Texas A&M University System
The main goal of this theme of the forum is to explore opportunities for advancing capabilities that support the Air Force nuclear enterprise in 2035. Specifically, this forum 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 2035.
Additionally, future operational environments will require increased weapons operability and survivability to withstand broader delivery envelopes and induced environments.
The discussions will seek to identify research opportunities and technology limitations that need to be addressed by the Air Force.
Some questions to consider as participants prepare are included below. These questions are meant to inform your preparations, and should not to be considered constraints. We welcome any thoughts relevant to the main goal of this forum.
Possible topics for discussion:
- What are the opportunities and impacts of increased autonomy?
- What are the opportunities and impacts of disaggregated and networked systems?
- What future concepts/technology options support more efficient ownership operations?
- What are future concepts/technology options to support assured communications responsibilities of the Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3) system?
- How can future concepts/technologies be employed to:
- Increase weapon/delivery platform survivability?
- Increase versatility?
- Increase accuracy?
- Control effects – decrease collateral damage?
- Mitigate/avoid defenses?
- Increase targeting options?