Current Task Forces

2019 Summer Study on the Future of U.S. Military Superiority

2018-10-01
This task force is to develop creative ways and means beyond traditional weapon systems to achieve National Defense Strategy objectives. The scope of the study should include novel employment and harmonization of existing whole-of¬government capabilities. The DSB should pay particular attention to the intelligence collection and exploitation required to leverage U.S. capabilities. Finally, although the United States must never stray from our values, we must not hesitate to utilize the full and creative force of American ingenuity to secure U.S. interests. We must explore the full spectrum of national capabilities to manage escalation and deter adversary aggression.
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Elements of a Resilient Space Architecture

2018-06-25
This study will identify and recommend a specific architecture and operational approaches to enhance the net resilience of our national security space enterprise, including those critical elements provided by our international partners and the commercial sector, in the context of current and projected threats. The study should consider all facets of space control including the balanced roles of deterrence measures, the requirements of space situational awareness, protection measures, and active defense concepts. Identification of critical enabling doctrine and policy concepts must also be considered.
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Counter Autonomy

2018-06-18
The DSB is tasked with conducting a strategic assessment of U.S. counter-autonomy capabilities in the near (today) and far term (out to 2030). The Task Force should consider counter-autonomy efforts in the domains of land, sea, undersea, air, space, and cyberspace. The Task Force should focus on countering autonomous physical systems in addition to autonomous operations in the information domain. Key questions to be addressed by the Task Force include: threat; counter-autonomy gaps; unique autonomous system vulnerabilities; capability needs and investments; acquisition, testing, and training, doctrine/force strategy; and deterrence.
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Gaming, Exercising, Modeling and Simulation (GEMS)

2018-06-18
The objective is to review DoD's current state of practice in the use of GEMS and will make recommendations that enable better decisions and choices accomplished with greater speed and agility. The Task Force will review the implementation of DoD policy and guidance for both management and validation of GEMS to identify gaps, barriers, and opportunities for improvement. Particular emphasis will be placed on techniques for promoting visibility and accessibility of cross-cutting tools, data, and services; and on validation and verification techniques for learning algorithms. The Task Force will also review the state of practice in the use of GEMS in relevant private sector analogs and across the Government-affiliated laboratory community.
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Quantum Technologies

2018-06-18
The Air Force Science Advisory Board studied quantum science and technologies in 2015. Progress across the breadth of quantum-enabled technologies including recent announcements of the use of quantum computers to simulate atomic properties and the possibility of using quantum technologies in more application areas, including land, sea, and sub surface applications, makes the topic worthy of additional investigation.
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Strengthening Counterintelligence Capabilities Against the 'Insider' Threat

2018-06-18
The principal objective is to investigate opportunities to introduce the applications of advanced science and technology (S&T) to enable effective counterintelligence (CI) initiatives to deter, detect, monitor, and enforce the protection of national security information subject to unauthorized access or distribution of such information by employees, contractors or other with a plausible claim to legitimate trusted 'insider' access to controlled or classified information.
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2018 Summer Study on Strategic Surprise

2018-04-20
Consider what potential technical capabilities may not be sufficiently acted upon by the DoD in the decade to come, that will lead to U.S. regrets in 2028 and, in broad terms, what those actions might be. Considerations for each recommended emerging technical capability should include: maturation of science and technology; the development of new weapons and weapon concepts (including weapons of mass destruction); the emergence of new operational concepts and rules of engagement; different potential adversaries and different kinds of potential adversaries; changing alliances among potential adversaries and changing relationships between the United States and its allies; broad global trends such as demographic shifts, geopolitical changes, resource constraints or climate change; evolving priorities for national security objectives; and, U.S. foreign policy goals.
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Technology Strategy

2018-04-20
Provide timely recommendations to the DoD on specific elements of a technology strategy for each of the ten Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD(R&E)) priority technology domains: hypersonics; directed energy; command, control, and communications; space offense and defense; cybersecurity; artificial intelligence/machine learning; missile defense; quantum science and computing; microelectronics; and, nuclear modernization.
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2017 Summer Study on National Leadership Command Capability (NLCC)

2017-05-10
Tasked to characterize the current capabilities of the NLCC, both within DoD and across the interagency; investigate new or emerging concepts and technologies that might facilitate a more adaptive NLCC to address an unpredictable future; determine alternative concepts for phasing in new capabilities, architectural changes, and/or technologies to implement the concepts investigated above; assess the technical and program management capabilities needed for producing a fully integrated NLCC; and make recommendations, both technical and organizational, that would increase confidence in the critical operations of the NLCC in the context of evolving threats to its integrity.
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Biology

2017-02-09
Focuses on the most rapidly moving areas of modern bioscience. These areas have the potential to provide the basis for technologies that either yield novel opportunities for defense innovation or, in the hands of an adversary, present a threat to national security. Its emphasis will be on new technologies, and it will include consideration of technical advances that can be accomplished now as well as conservative speculation on what might be technically possible in 25 years.
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21st Century Multi-Domain Effects

2017-01-27
Examines the range of doctrine, policy, authority, strategy, operational capability, tactics, implementation, and support options required to respond to threats to U.S. national security and give the Department full range of options for the employment of 21st century multi-domain effects. The study will encompass undersea, naval surface, land warfare, and air and space domains. The task force will not address the use of nuclear weapons.
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Role of the DoD in Homeland Defense

2016-10-20
Assesses the current posture of the government and supporting organizations, particularly with respect to the preparedness of DoD to execute its missions, both in the homeland and abroad. The emphasis should be on scoping the challenges facing DoD in executing its missions.
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