Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force
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Incumbent
Dr. Richard J. Joseph

since January 2018
Inaugural holderDr. 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]

Roles and responsibilities

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

  • Serves as chief science and technology adviser to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Secretary of the U.S. Air Force
  • Provides assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the Air Force mission
  • Identifies and analyzes technical issues and brings them to the attention of Air Force leaders, and interacts with other Air Staff principals, operational commanders, combatant commands, acquisition, and science and technology communities to address cross-organizational technical issues and solutions
  • Interacts with other services and the Office of the Secretary of Defense on issues affecting the Air Force in-house technical enterprise
  • Serves on the Steering Committee and Senior Review Group of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.
  • Principal science and technology representative of the Air Force to the civilian scientific and engineering community and to the public at large

Products of the Office of the Chief Scientist

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