The need for a workshop and a study was set forth in Development Planning; A Strategic Approach to Future Air Force Capabilities, completed in 2014. Accordingly, the U.S. Air Force Office of the Assistant Secretary for Science, Technology and Engineering then asked the Air Force Studies Board of the National Research Council to convene a committee on the role of experimentation campaigns in the Air Force innovation life cycle.
An ad hoc committee consisting of industry, academia, and retired government was formed to do the following:
- Define the current state of practice of experimentation within the Air Force.
- Assess the role of experimentation in the innovation life cycle and address how it can support the Air Force’s future technology requirements.
- Evaluate the role of risk management and experimentation in the innovation life cycle.
- Evaluate current legislative, organizational, or other barriers that limit the use of experimentation within the Air Force.
- Review and recommend best practices for incentivizing experimentation based on an assessment of comparable S&T organizations.
- Recommend metrics that can be implemented across the Air Force to monitor and assess the use and value of experimentation.
- In addition, the committee will address any other factors deemed to be relevant, such as organizational structure or concepts of operation that could enhance the likelihood of successfully implementing a robust experimentation program within the Air Force acquisition community.