Examination of the U.S. Air Force's Science, Technology, by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Air Force Studies Board, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce Needs in the Future and Its Strategy to Meet Those Needs Committee on Examination of the U.S. Ai

The Air strength calls for technical abilities and services around the whole diversity of actions and approaches linked to the advance, fielding, and employment of air, area, and cyber operational functions. The transforming into complexity of either conventional and rising missions is putting new calls for on schooling, education, occupation improvement, method acquisition, platform sustainment, and improvement of operational structures. whereas some time past the Air Force's technologically extensive project has been hugely appealing to contributors proficient in technology, expertise, engineering, and arithmetic (STEM) disciplines, strength savings, ongoing army operations, and funds pressures are developing new demanding situations for attracting and coping with team of workers with the wanted technical abilities. checks of contemporary improvement and acquisition approach disasters have pointed out a lack of technical competence in the Air strength (that is, in apartment or natural competence, instead of contractor aid) as an underlying challenge. those demanding situations come at a time of elevated pageant for technical graduates who're U.S. electorate, an getting older and executive crew, and consolidations of the commercial base that helps army platforms.

in accordance with a request from the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air strength for technology, know-how, and Engineering, the nationwide examine Council carried out 5 fact-finding conferences at which senior Air strength commanders within the technology and engineering, acquisition, try, operations, and logistics domain names supplied exams of the adequacy of the present crew by way of caliber and volume.

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Html Role of STEM Capabilities in Achieving the Air Force Vision and Strategy 21 demand deep technical competence to master, in terms of sustainment as well as in tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs). New aircraft, such as a new tanker, and technology upgrades and modifications, as are necessary for all extended-life aircraft such as the venerable B-52 and C-5, will likewise demand technical competence for employment and sustainment. STEMdegreed or STEM-cognizant personnel are critical for this technical competence.

For postgraduate degrees, it is the discipline in which the degree was awarded. Although the Air Force has a database that identifies personnel having a “technical” college degree, technical degrees appear to include degrees in management, business administration, history, and “other” disciplines. The Air Force’s database of technical-degreed personnel was therefore too broad for the purposes of this study; many of the individuals in it are not qualified to fill Air Force positions requiring a STEM degree.

STEM SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE IN THE ACQUISITION LIFE CYCLE Although industry builds the Air Force’s weapon systems, STEM-degreed and STEMcognizant Air Force personnel play a critical role in weapon system acquisition. Their skills and competencies are applied across the entire life cycle of each system: x x x x exploration of advanced technologies; definition of operational needs and system solutions; development, fielding, maintenance, and sustainment of weapon systems; and development and employment of the full tactical, operational, and strategic capabilities and potential of the fielded systems.

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