Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force

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Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force
Air Force Photo - Dr. Richard J. Joseph.jpg
Dr. Richard J. Joseph

since January 2018
Inaugural holder Dr. Ivan Alexander Getting

The Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force is a three-star equivalent civilian member of Headquarters Air Force and in this role is the most senior Science & Technology representative in the United States Air Force. The current Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force is Dr. Richard Joseph. [1]

United States Air Force Air and space warfare branch of the United States Armed Forces

The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial and space warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is one of the seven American uniformed services. Initially formed as a part of the United States Army on 1 August 1907, the USAF was established as a separate branch of the U.S. Armed Forces on 18 September 1947 with the passing of the National Security Act of 1947. It is the youngest branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the fourth in order of precedence. The USAF is the largest and most technologically advanced air force in the world. The Air Force articulates its core missions as air and space superiority, global integrated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, rapid global mobility, global strike, and command and control.


Roles and responsibilities

The Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force has several roles and responsibilities, [2] including:

Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force Statutory office held by a four-star general in the United States Air Force

The Chief of Staff of the Air Force is a statutory office held by a four-star general in the United States Air Force, and is the most senior uniformed officer assigned to serve in the Department of the Air Force, and as such is the principal military advisor and a deputy to the Secretary of the Air Force; and is in a separate capacity a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and thereby a military adviser to the National Security Council, the Secretary of Defense, and the President. The Chief of Staff is typically the highest-ranking officer on active duty in the Air Force unless the Chairman and/or the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are Air Force officers.

Products of the Office of the Chief Scientist

The Office of the Chief Scientist has conducted several strategic studies including:

Chronological list of Chief Scientists of the Air Force

#PictureNameTerm of OfficeDoctorate Chief of Staff Secretary Military Assistant
35 AF Photo - Zacharias.jpg Dr. Greg Zacharias June 2015 – January 2018 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Instrumentation, Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1977Mark WelshDeborah Lee JamesCol Michelle Ewy (2016–2019), Col Anne L. Clark (2015–2016)
34 AF photo - Endsley.jpg Dr. Mica Endsley June 2013 – May 2015 University of Southern California, Industrial & Systems Engineering, 1990Mark WelshDeborah Lee JamesCol James (Monty) Greer (2013-2014), Col Anne L. Clark (2014-2015)
33 MarkMaybury.jpg Dr. Mark T. Maybury [5] October 2010– May 2013 University of Cambridge, Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), 1991 Mark Welsh Michael B. Donley Col James (Monty) Greer (2012–2013), Col Rod Miller (2011–2012), Col Eric Silkowski (2010–2011)
Norton A. Schwartz
32 Werner J A Dahm.jpg Dr. Werner J. A. Dahm October 2008– September 30, 2010 California Institute of Technology, Aeronautics, 1985 Norton A. Schwartz Michael B. Donley Col Eric Silkowski (2008–2010)
31 31. Dr. Mark Lewis - color 2004-2008.jpg Dr. Mark J. Lewis October 2004 – October 2008 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aeronautics & Astronautics, 1988 T. Michael Moseley Michael Wynne Col Robert Fredell (2006–2008)
John P. Jumper James G. Roche Col Daniel Deforest (2004–2006)
30 30. Dr. Alexander H. Levis 2001-2004.jpg Dr. Alexander H. Levis 2001–2004 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering (Control Systems), 1968 John P. Jumper James G. Roche Col Dan Deforest (2004), Col John Bedford (Sept. 2001 to 2003), Col Donald Erbschloe (-Dec 2001)
29 29. Dr. Louis S. Metzger 1999-2001.jpg Dr. Louis S. Metzger 1999–2001 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrical Engineering, 1975 Michael E. Ryan James G. Roche, Lawrence J. Delaney, F. Whitten Peters Col Donald Erbschloe (1998–2001)
28 28. danhastings97 1997-1999.tif Dr. Daniel E. Hastings 1997–1999 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Plasma Physics, 1980; (B.A. Oxford in Mathematics) F. Whitten Peters
27 27. Dr. Edward A. Feigenbaum 1994-1997.jpg Dr. Ed Feigenbaum 1994–1997 Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) Ronald R. Fogleman Sheila E. Widnall Col Harvey Dahljelm (1994–1998)
Merrill A. McPeak
26 26. Dr. George Abrahamson 1991-1994.jpg Dr. George R. Abrahamson 1991–1994 Merrill A. McPeak Merrill A. McPeak, Michael B. Donley, Donald B. Rice Col James Whiting (1991–1994)
25Dr. Robert W. Selden 1988–1991 John M. Loh, Michael J. Dugan, Larry D. Welch Donald B. Rice, John J. Welch, Jr., James F. McGovern Col Dan Heitz (1988–1989) and Col John Woody (1989–1991)
24Dr. Harold W. Sorenson 1985–1988 UCLA, Electrical Engineering, 1966 Larry D. Welch, Charles A. Gabriel Edward C. Aldridge Jr., Russell A. Rourkee, Verne Orr Col Robert Hovde (1983–1987) and Col Robert Lancaster (1987–1988)
23 23. Dr. Allen R. Stubberud 1983-1985.jpg Allen R. Stubberud 1983–1985 UCLA, Engineering Charles A. Gabriel Verne Orr Col Robert Hovde (1983–1987)
22 Edwin B. Stear 1979–1982 Lew Allen Jr. Hans Mark Col Robert Bannach (1981–1982), Col Michael Mottern (1982–1983)
21 Harry L. Van Trees 1978–1979 John C. Stetson Col Robert Dundervill Jr. (1977–1981)
20 Fumio Robert Naka 1975–1978 David C. Jones John C. Stetson, Thomas C. Reed, James W. Plummer BGen Charles Cabell Jr. (1976–1977)
19 MIYarymovych1968.jpg Dr. Michael I. Yarymovych 1973–1975B. Eng Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering, New York University 1955, D Eng SC, 1960 Columbia University, Institute of Flight Structures David C. Jones, George S. Brown, John Dale Ryan James W. Plummer, John L. McLucas Col James Strub (1974–1976)
18 Eugene E. Covert 1972–1973 MIT PhD Magnetohydrodynamics John D. Ryan Robert C. Seamans, Jr. Col Thaddeus Welch Jr. (1971–1974)
17 17. Dr. James W. Mar 1970-1972.jpg James W. Mar 1970–1972 MIT Undergraduate 1941; PhD MIT, Civil Engineering LtCol Frank Attinger Jr. (1966–1971)
16 John J. Welch, Jr. 1969–1970 Undergraduate MIT Mechanical Engineering 1951
15 15. Dr. John C. Fisher 1968-1969.jpg John C. Fisher 1968–1969 Undergraduate Ohio State, Physics, MIT PhD John P. McConnell Robert C. Seamans, Jr., Harold Brown
14 Robert H. Cannon, Jr. 1966–1968 University of Rochester 1944 PhD Mechanical Engineering MIT 1950 Harold Brown
13 Robert G. Loewy 1965–1966 RPI, MIT Masters 1948 Col Mike Zubon (1962–1966)
12 12. Dr. Winston R. Markey - 1964-1965.jpg Dr. Winston R. Markey 1964–1965 BS Aeronautical Engineering, MIT, 1951, PhD MIT Aero Instrumentation John P. McConnell, Curtis E. LeMay Eugene M. Zuckert
11 Dr. Robert W. Buchheim 1963–1964 Curtis E. LeMay
10Dr. Launor F. Carter 1962–1963Physiology
9Dr. Leonard S. Sheingold 1961–1962Col Loyd Jensen (1961–1962)
8 Alexander H. Flax.jpg Alexander H. Flax 1959–1961 New York University, Aeronautical Engineering, 1940 Thomas D. White Dudley C. Sharp, James H. Douglas, Jr. Col David Pearsall (1957–1961)
7 Joseph V. Charyk.jpg Joseph V. Charyk 1959 Univ of Alberta, Engineering Physics 1942; California Institute of Technology PhD 1946 James H. Douglas, Jr.
6 6. George E. Valley Jr. 1957-1958.jpg George E. Valley Jr. 1957–1958 University of Rochester, Physics, 1939
5 Courtland D. Perkins 1956–1957M.S. MIT 1941; Princeton Honorary PhD, 2001 Nathan F. Twining James H. Douglas, Jr., Donald A. Quarles Col John Taylor (1954–1957)
4Dr. Horton Guyford Stever 1955–1956 California Institute of Technology, Physics, 1941 Donald A. Quarles, Harold E. Talbott
3Dr. Chalmers W. Sherwin 1954–1955 University of Chicago, Experimental Physics 1940 (with Arthur Dempster) Harold E. Talbott
2 David T. Griggs 1951–1952Junior Fellow in Geology at University of Harvard Hoyt S. Vandenberg Thomas K. Finletter Col Theodore Walkowicz(1950–1954)
1 Dr. Louis Nicot Ridenour 1950-1951.jpg Dr. Louis N. Ridenour reported to MGen Gordon P. Saville DCS/D1950–1951 California Institute of Technology, Physics, 1936Col Peter Shenk (1950)
None Lt. General James Doolittle, head and shoulders.jpg Gen James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle (Special Assistant for Scientific Matters)1951 MIT Sc.D. in Aeronautics, June 1925
None Dr. Ivan Alexander Getting (Special Assistant for Evaluation)1950 University of Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), Astrophysics, 1935 William S. Symington

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