Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson announced in September 2017 inception of the "S&T Strategy 2030" study. The study's objective is to update the Air Force methods for conducting research and development to meet the projected national security challenges of 2030.
Secretary Wilson appointed the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to lead this strategy development. The Air Force's goals for the study are:1. Evaluate technical approaches and focus areas to advance the Air Force's mission through R&D; and 2. Improve Air Force processes and organizational structures to manage early stage research.