Current Task Forces

Applications of Quantum Technologies

2017-05-10
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 such as land, sea, and sub surface applications, makes the topic worth of additional investigation.
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Counter Autonomy

2017-05-10
Conduct a strategic assessment of U.S. counter-autonomy efforts in the domains of land, sea, undersea, air, space, and cyberspace. This study should focus on countering autonomous physical systems in addition to autonomous operations in the information domain.
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Defense Strategies for Architecting the Resilience of National Space Capabilities

2017-05-10
Identify and recommend a specific architecture and operational approach 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.
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Gaming, Exercising, Modeling, and Simulation (GEMS)

2017-05-10
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.
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Strengthening Counterintelligence Capabilities against the 'Insider' Threat

2017-05-10
Principal objective is to investigate opportunities to introduce the applications of advanced science and technology to enable effective 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 others with a plausible claim to legitimate trusted 'insider' access to controlled or classified information.
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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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Advanced Technology Demonstrations

2017-02-16
Examines the planned advanced technology demonstrations that will be submitted as part of the upcoming President’s Budget submission for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.
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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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Survivable Logistics

2016-12-15
Focuses on high-end threats, particularly Russia and China, and how their activities could challenge future logistics systems and operations. It will evaluate the implications of the current and emerging threats to the DoD logistics enterprise, develop concepts to mitigate these threats, and make prioritized actionable recommendations for steps that will reduce the most significant vulnerabilities.
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2017 Summer Study on Countering Anti-access Systems with Longer Range and Standoff Capabilities

2016-11-17
Explores new defense systems, and technology that will enable cost effective power projection that relies on the use of longer stand-off distances than current capabilities.
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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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Design and Acquisition of Software for Defense Systems

2016-08-03
Examines the current state of DoD software acquisition and recommend practical actions to improve performance by the DoD and its suppliers.
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Cyber as a Strategic Capability

2016-07-15
Will investigate the opportunities for, and limitations of, offensive cyber capabilities in support of overall U.S. strategy and provide actionable recommendations to enhance those capabilities.
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Deterring, Preventing, and Responding to the Threat or Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction

2014-11-12
Will identify ways in which deterrence can evolve given a changing security environment, and should deterrence alone prove inadequate, then identify additional ways to prevent and respond, both for the United States and for its allies. 
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