|Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force|
|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.
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.
The Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force has several roles and responsibilities,including:
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.
The Office of the Chief Scientist has conducted several strategic studies including:
|#||Picture||Name||Term of Office||Doctorate||Chief of Staff||Secretary||Military Assistant|
|35||Dr. Greg Zacharias||June 2015 – January 2018||Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Instrumentation, Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1977||Mark Welsh||Deborah Lee James||Col Michelle Ewy (2016–2019), Col Anne L. Clark (2015–2016)|
|34||Dr. Mica Endsley||June 2013 – May 2015||University of Southern California, Industrial & Systems Engineering, 1990||Mark Welsh||Deborah Lee James||Col James (Monty) Greer (2013-2014), Col Anne L. Clark (2014-2015)|
|33||Dr. Mark T. Maybury||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||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||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||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||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||Dr. Daniel E. Hastings||1997–1999||Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Plasma Physics, 1980; (B.A. Oxford in Mathematics)||F. Whitten Peters|
|27||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||Dr. George R. Abrahamson||1991–1994||Merrill A. McPeak||Merrill A. McPeak, Michael B. Donley, Donald B. Rice||Col James Whiting (1991–1994)|
|25||Dr. 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)|
|24||Dr. 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||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||Dr. Michael I. Yarymovych||1973–1975||B. 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||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||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||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|
|10||Dr. Launor F. Carter||1962–1963||Physiology|
|9||Dr. Leonard S. Sheingold||1961–1962||Col Loyd Jensen (1961–1962)|
|8||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||1959||Univ of Alberta, Engineering Physics 1942; California Institute of Technology PhD 1946||James H. Douglas, Jr.|
|6||George E. Valley Jr.||1957–1958||University of Rochester, Physics, 1939|
|5||Courtland D. Perkins||1956–1957||M.S. MIT 1941; Princeton Honorary PhD, 2001||Nathan F. Twining||James H. Douglas, Jr., Donald A. Quarles||Col John Taylor (1954–1957)|
|4||Dr. Horton Guyford Stever||1955–1956||California Institute of Technology, Physics, 1941||Donald A. Quarles, Harold E. Talbott|
|3||Dr. Chalmers W. Sherwin||1954–1955||University of Chicago, Experimental Physics 1940 (with Arthur Dempster)||Harold E. Talbott|
|2||David T. Griggs||1951–1952||Junior Fellow in Geology at University of Harvard||Hoyt S. Vandenberg||Thomas K. Finletter||Col Theodore Walkowicz(1950–1954)|
|1||Dr. Louis N. Ridenour reported to MGen Gordon P. Saville DCS/D||1950–1951||California Institute of Technology, Physics, 1936||Col Peter Shenk (1950)|
|None||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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