The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) will host a 50th Anniversary
Symposium Nov. 9-10, 1994 at the National Academy of Sciences, 2100 C Street
NW, Washington, D.C.
Highlights of the symposium include remarks by Secretary of the Air Force
Shiela E. Widnall and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman. In
addition, two original board members, Professor Courtland D. Perkins and Dr.
Ivan A. Getting, will speak about the board's early activities and its
successes and failures.
The symposium will address topics of particular interest such as the Air
Force/industry technological response to increased world conflicts and the
direction of future science and technology.
Reporting directly to the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff,
the SAB's function is purely advisory -- providing a link between the Air Force
and civilian scientists and engineers who develop and strengthen defense
technologies. In the board's early years Gen. "Hap" Arnold, the Army Air
Forces chief, charged board chairman Dr. Theodore von Kármán, the
distinguished Hungarian aerodynamicist, educator and engineer, to determine the
future of science, technology and defense. Ultimately, Dr. von
Kármán led the group that produced the prophetic report,
Toward New Horizons, which correctly identified future technologies such
as: supersonic aircraft, television, weather forecasting, atomic energy,
satellite communication, medical research, advances in bomb lethality, crewless
airplanes and defenses against future aircraft.
To register for the symposium contact Captain Dean Osgood, (703) 697-4648.
For a copy of the agenda or for more information contact Major Mary Ann
Freeman at (703) 697-1128 or Major Alvina Mitchell (703) 695-0640.