About

AFRL leads the discovery, development and delivery of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. We’re pushing the boundaries and creating a new tomorrow through unparalleled research.

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Lead

We’re not content to compete—AFRL leads the way. Where others follow, we forge our own path. When others say it’s impossible, our team finds a way.

 

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Discover

Excitement for what’s possible drives us forward. There are many challenges—global and domestic—ahead, but we thrive when tasked with finding a solution that seems undiscoverable.

 

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Develop

Finding the answer is just the beginning. We grow and expand new ideas until they’re scalable, cost-effective and safe for our world.

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Deliver

Our world needs complete solutions. In order to give our warfighters an unmatched advantage, we keep our promises and surpass expectations.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Our commitment to innovation gives us the drive to constantly push the envelope and deliver the technology that keeps us prepared for the future.

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Commander

Maj. Gen William Cooley

Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley is the Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is responsible for managing a $2.5 billion Air Force science and technology program and an additional $2.3 billion in externally funded research and development. He is also responsible for leading a government workforce of approximately 6,000 people in the laboratory’s nine component technology directorates and the 711th Human Performance Wing. General Cooley entered the Air Force in 1988 through the ROTC program after graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in mechanical engineering. He entered active duty in January 1990 after completing a master’s degree from the University of New Mexico, and went on to earn a Doctorate of Philosophy in engineering physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

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Vice Commander

Col. Elena Oberg

Colonel Elena M. Oberg is the Vice Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. She assists the commander in accomplishing AFRL’s mission of leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace force. She plays a key role in directing the Air Force’s $2.1 billion science and technology program and an additional $2.3 billion in externally funded research and development. She is also responsible for a government workforce of approximately 6,000 people in the laboratory’s nine component technology directorates, and the 711th Human Performance Wing. Colonel Oberg was commissioned in 1993 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps.

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Executive Director

Mr. Jack Blackhurst

Jack Blackhurst, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Executive Director, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is the principal assistant to the commander and the senior civilian executive responsible for managing the Air Force’s $2.5 billion science and technology program along with an additional $2.3 billion of externally funded research and development. He serves a government workforce of approximately 6,000 people in the laboratory’s nine component technology directorates and 711th Human Performance Wing. He earned his Air Force commission through ROTC in 1974 and began his career as a Communications-Electronics Officer assigned to Strategic Air Command in the 509th Bomb Wing at Pease AFB, New Hampshire. After completing his master’s degree through the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1979, he held numerous management positions within the Air Force personnel and human research communities, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Technology and Engineering.

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Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Paul Antonik

Dr. Paul Antonik, a member of the Scientific and Professional Cadre of Senior Executives, is the Chief Scientist, Information Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, N.Y. The Information Directorate leads the discovery, development and integration of affordable warfighting information technologies for air, space and cyberspace forces. It consists of more than 800 military and civilian scientists, engineers, and administrative and support personnel pursuing a wide variety of research and development projects with an annual budget of more than $1 billion. Dr. Antonik serves as the directorate’s principal scientific and technical adviser and primary authority for the technical content of the science and technology portfolio. He provides principal technical oversight of a broad spectrum of information technologies.

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Mobilization Assistant

Brig. Gen Douglas Martin

Col. Douglas Scott Martin serves as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He assists the commander in accomplishing AFRL’s mission of leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace force. He plays a key role in directing the Air Force’s $2.1 billion science and technology program and an additional $2.3 billion in externally funded research and development. Col. Martin leads over 100 reservists to augment a workforce of approximately 6,000 people in the nine component technology directorates and the 711th Human Performance Wing. Col. Martin was commissioned in 1989 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of South Florida. He transitioned from Active Duty into the Air Force Reserves in July 2001.

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Command Chief

CMSgt. Kennon Arnold

Chief Master Sergeant Kennon D. Arnold is the Command Chief, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In this capacity he advises the commander on training, readiness, and effective utilization and progression of all Airmen. He assists the commander on execution of a $2.1 billion Air Force science and technology program and an additional $2.3 billion in externally funded research and development. He ensures the commander’s policies are understood and executed. He also serves as the primary advisor to the commander, technical directors, and senior leadership on behalf of AFRL’s total force. Additionally, he assists in leading a government workforce of approximately 6,000 personnel in the laboratory’s nine component technology directorates and the 711th Human Performance Wing at locations around the globe.

A Legacy of Innovation

From our beginnings at McCook Field in 1917 to the modern day, nearly every aerospace technology in the last century has been influenced by AFRL. Here are just a few of the ways we have shaped the world around around us.

A Legacy of Innovation

From our beginnings at McCook Field in 1917 to the modern day, nearly every aerospace technology in the last century has been influenced by AFRL. Here are just a few of the ways we have shaped the world around around us.

  • Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson launches a science and technology initiative to encourage continued innovation

    1902
  • The Wright Brothers execute the first controlled powered flight.

    1903
  • First flight of the all-metal U.S. P-26.

    1932
  • The first U.S. operational jet engine, J-31, is produced.

    1943
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