Air Force Looks to Release Strategy on Mobility Research Efforts

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The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Air Mobility Command (AMC) are developing a strategy for mobility research to support the service branch’s vision for an operational environment through the 2030s.

Col. Tim West, deputy director of AFRL’s Aerospace Systems Directorate, said at an Airlift/Tanker Association virtual event that his office seeks to complete the draft strategy in the coming weeks and is requesting input from industry on each of its priority areas, Inside Defense reported Friday.

“Once we get a document that AMC… we will use that as our way of prioritizing and advocating for S&T funding based on that refined vision,” West said.

The strategy will primarily focus on AMC mission areas such as aerial refueling, airlift, global air mobility and aeromedical evacuation.

John Frazey, deputy capability lead for rapid global mobility at  AFRL, said at the same event that the strategy is meant to address the Air Force’s goals through the 2030-2035 timeframe to better visualize the service branch’s investment needs.

“We need to make sure that we as global mobility personnel really look at what we need and use this vision to help influence the senior leader decisions,” he noted.

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