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Air Force Research Laboratory

Air Force Research Laboratory

Phone……………………………… (937) 904-7000

Website…………………… www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is a scientific research organization operated by Air Force Materiel Command dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable aerospace warfighting technologies; planning and executing the Air Force science and technology program; and providing warfighting capabilities to United States air, space, and cyberspace forces.

AFRL, with headquarters at Wright-Patterson AFB, was created in October 1997 by the merger of four former Air Force laboratories and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. At that time it became the only Air Force organization wholly dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. AFRL traces its roots back to the vision of early airpower leaders who understood science as the key to air supremacy. The lab and its predecessors have overseen more than 80 years of critical research efforts for the Air Force and the Department of Defense. Its technological breakthroughs can be found in all of today’s modern aircraft and weapon systems, including the B-2 Spirit, C-17 Globemaster III, F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II, and the Predator and Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Systems. It has contributed to significant advancements in modern communications, electronics, manufacturing and medical research and products.

The lab employs approximately 10,000 civilian, military and contractor personnel.

AFRL accomplishes its mission through seven technology directorates along with the 711th Human Performance Wing, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and a central staff. Three of the seven technology directorates, along with the 711 HPW and a central staff, are located at Wright-Patterson AFB.

711th Human Performance Wing

Phone……………………………… (937) 255-0061

Website…….. www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/711HPW

With headquarters at Wright-Patterson AFB, the 711th Human Performance Wing (711 HPW) is the first human-centric warfare wing to consolidate research, education and consultation under a single organization. Established in March 2008 under the Air Force Research Laboratory, the 711 HPW is comprised of the Human Effectiveness Directorate (RH), the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and the Human Performance Integration Directorate. The wing’s primary mission areas are aerospace medicine, science and technology, and human systems integration.

Aerospace Systems Directorate

Phone……………………………… (937) 656-2807

Website………………. www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/rq

With headquarters at Wright-Patterson AFB, and an additional research facility at Edwards AFB, Calif., the Aerospace Systems Directorate leads the effort to develop and transition superior technology solutions that enable dominant military aerospace vehicles. Areas of focus include vehicle aerodynamics, flight controls, aerospace propulsion, power, rocket propulsion, aerospace structures, and turbine engines. Programs advance a wide variety of aerospace technologies including unmanned vehicles, space access, advanced fuels, hypersonic vehicles, future strike, and energy management.

Materials and Manufacturing Directorate

Phone……………………………… (937) 255-4726

Website……………….. www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/rx

With headquarters at Wright-Patterson AFB, and an additional research facility at Tyndall AFB, Fla., the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate develops new materials, processes and manufacturing technologies for use in aerospace applications. This includes aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets and ground-based systems and their structural, electronic and optical components. With a host of modern materials and analysis laboratories, the directorate also provides quick reaction support and real-time solutions to Air Force weapon system acquisition offices, field organizations and maintenance depots to solve materials-related concerns and problems. The directorate plans, executes and integrates advanced manufacturing technology programs and affordability initiatives addressing manufacturing process technologies, computer integrated manufacturing and excellence through design for military needs. The directorate is also responsible for the Air Force technology programs that address environmental issues and provides materials expertise for airbase assets such as runways and infrastructures and technologies for aerospace expeditionary forces.

Sensors Directorate

Phone……………………………… (937) 528-8830

Website………………. www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/ry

With headquarters at Wright-Patterson AFB, the Sensors Directorate leads the discovery, development, and integration of affordable sensor and countermeasure technologies for our warfighters. In collaboration with other AFRL directorates and DoD organizations, the directorate develops sensors for air and space reconnaissance, surveillance, precision engagement and electronic warfare systems. The directorate’s vision is to provide robust sensors and adaptive countermeasures that guarantee complete freedom of air, space, and cyber operations for our forces, and deny these capabilities to our adversaries. Its core technology areas include: radio frequency and electro-optical sensing, sensor fusion and exploitation, network-enabled spectrum warfare, and revolutionary devices and components.

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