Seminar: Air Force Research and Development Investment Process

Event Date: April 14, 2017
Speaker: Thomas Spencer
Speaker Affiliation: Air Force Research Laboratory
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: BRWN 1154
Contact Name: School of Nuclear Engineering
Contact Phone: (765) 494-5739
Contact Email:
Open To: graduate students
Priority: No
School or Program: Nuclear Engineering
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Dr. Spencer will describe the process the Air Force conducts to choose research science topic/area investments.  The presentation includes a basic tutorial on the Air Force Strategic Planning and Programming Process, a brief introduction into Air Force Core Functions, and a more comprehensive description of the Agile Combat Support Core Function construct -- which incorporates all Research and Development investments across the Air Force.  Also included are the roles of Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and basic information on AFRL and AFOSR as they relate to academic research.


Dr. Thomas A. Spencer is the Technical Director, Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements, and Analyses, Headquarters Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. His responsibilities include providing technical advice on command-wide strategic planning, programming, analyses, wargaming, and requirements functions. In addition, he provides technical direction concerning the Program Objective Memorandum process for the AFMC Agile Combat Support (ACS) Air Force Core Function and the Weapon Systems Sustainment components worth over $40 billion, and for creation and annual update of the ACS Service Core Function Master Plan, strategic basing, lessons learned, enterprise analyses and transformational activities.
Prior to this assignment, Dr. Spencer was the Assistant Chief Scientist, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, providing scientific expertise, technical guidance and independent advice on technology investment strategies. He was dual-hatted as the Deputy Director and the Director of Engineering for the Nuclear Capabilities Directorate, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Air Force Materiel Command. His responsibilities included sustainment, modernization, maintenance, and acquisition support of nuclear warhead and weapon system programs, spread across various operating locations throughout the continental United States and Europe. Dr. Spencer also has spent a major portion of his career at the Air Force Research Laboratory, most recently as the Chief, High Power Microwave Division, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, where he supervised, directed, and oversaw the technical, financial, and personnel management of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s High Power Microwave (HPM) science and technology investment.

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