A unique connectivity exists in the Air Force between science,
technology, and transformation. From the defining moment
of powered flight in 1903 to the creation of the Air Force as a
separate service in 1947 to the present, these three elements have
been continuously linked and undoubtedly will remain so.
This paper provides a brief historical perspective of the ties
between science, technology, and transformation in the earliest
days of the Air Force; gives an overview of current Air Force science
and technology; offers a look at five future transformational
capabilities—unmanned combat aerial vehicles, small munitions,
directed energy weapons, microsatellites, and the joint battlespace
infosphere—that demonstrate the strong nature of the link
today; and lastly, presents some challenges and issues.
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