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Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force
File:File:AF photo - Endsley.jpg
Incumbent Mica Endsley

The Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force a three-star equivalent civilian member of Headquarters Air Force and in this role is the most senior Science & Technology representative in the United States Air Force. The current, and first female, Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force is Dr. Mica Endsley.[1]

Roles and Responsibilities

The Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force has several roles and responsibilities,[2] including:

  • Serves as chief science and technology adviser to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force and Secretary of the U.S. Air Force
  • Provides assessments on a wide range of scientific and technical issues affecting the Air Force mission
  • Identifies and analyzes technical issues and brings them to the attention of Air Force leaders, and interacts with other Air Staff principals, operational commanders, combatant commands, acquisition, and science and technology communities to address cross-organizational technical issues and solutions
  • Interacts with other services and the Office of the Secretary of Defense on issues affecting the Air Force in-house technical enterprise
  • Serves on the Steering Committee and Senior Review Group of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.
  • Principal science and technology representative of the Air Force to the civilian scientific and engineering community and to the public at large

Products of the Office of the Chief Scientist

The Office of the Chief Scientist has conducted several strategic studies including but not limited to: Technology Horizons -

Energy Horizons - summarized in [3] Cyber Vision 2025 - summarized in Armed Forces Journal[4] Global Horizons -

Chronological list of Chief Scientists of the Air Force

# Picture Name Term of Office Doctorate Chief of Staff Secretary Military Assistant
34 AF photo - Endsley.jpg Dr. Mica Endsley June 2013 – present University of Southern California, Industrial & Systems Engineering, 1990 Mark Welsh Michael B. Donley Col James (Monty) Greer
33 MarkMaybury.jpg Dr. Mark T. Maybury[5] October 2010– May 2013 Cambridge, Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), 1991 Mark Welsh Michael B. Donley Col James (Monty) Greer (2012–present), Col Rod Miller (2011–2012), Col Eric Silkowski (2010–2011)
Norton A. Schwartz
32 File:Werner J A Dahm.jpg Dr. Werner J. A. Dahm October 2008– September 30, 2010 California Institute of Technology, Aeronautics, 1985 Norton A. Schwartz Michael B. Donley Col Eric Silkowski (2008–2010)
31 31. Dr. Mark Lewis - color 2004-2008.jpg Dr. Mark J. Lewis October 2004 – October 2008 MIT, Aeronautics & Astronautics, 1988 T. Michael Moseley Michael Wynne Col Robert Fredell (2006–2008)
John P. Jumper James G. Roche Col Daniel Deforest (2004–2006)
30 30. Dr. Alexander H. Levis 2001-2004.jpg Dr. Alexander H. Levis 2001–2004 MIT, Mechanical Engineering (Control Systems), 1968 John P. Jumper James G. Roche Col Dan Deforest (2004), Col John Bedford (Sept. 2001 to 2003), Col Donald Erbschloe (-Dec 2001)
29 29. Dr. Louis S. Metzger 1999-2001.jpg Dr. Louis S. Metzger 1999–2001 MIT, Electrical Engineering, 1975 Michael E. Ryan James G. Roche, Lawrence J. Delaney, F. Whitten Peters Col Donald Erbschloe (1997–2001)
28 28. danhastings97 1997-1999.tif Dr. Daniel E. Hastings 1997–1999 MIT, Plasma Physics, 1980; (B.A. Oxford in Mathematics) F. Whitten Peters
27 27. Dr. Edward A. Feigenbaum 1994-1997.jpg Dr. Ed Feigenbaum 1994–1997 Carnegie Institute of Technology (now CMU) Ronald R. Fogleman Sheila E. Widnall Col Harvey Dahljelm (1994–1997)
Merrill A. McPeak
26 26. Dr. George Abrahamson 1991-1994.jpg Dr. George R. Abrahamson 1991–1994 Merrill A. McPeak Merrill A. McPeak, Michael B. Donley, Donald B. Rice Col James Whiting (1991–1994)
25 Dr. Robert W. Selden 1988–1991 John M. Loh, Michael J. Dugan, Larry D. Welch Donald B. Rice, John J. Welch, Jr., James F. McGovern Col Dan Heitz (1988–1989) and Col John Woody (1989–1991)
24 File:24. Dr. Harold W. Sorrenson 1985-1988.jpg Dr. Harold W. Sorenson 1985–1988 UCLA, Electrical Engineering, 1966 Larry D. Welch, Charles A. Gabriel Edward C. Aldridge Jr., Russell A. Rourkee, Verne Orr Col Robert Hovde (1983–1987) and Col Robert Lancaster (1987–1988)
23 23. Dr. Allen R. Stubberud 1983-1985.jpg Allen R. Stubberud 1983–1985 UCLA, Engineering Charles A. Gabriel Verne Orr Col Robert Hovde (1983–1987)
22 Edwin B. Stear 1979–1982 Lew Allen Jr. Hans Mark Col Robert Bannach (1981–1982), Col Michael Mottern (1982–1983)
21 Harry L. Van Trees 1978–1979 John C. Stetson Col Robert Dundervill, Jr. (1977–1981)
20 Fumio Robert Naka 1975–1978 David C. Jones John C. Stetson, Thomas C. Reed, James W. Plummer BGen Charles Cabell, Jr. (1976–1977)
19 MIYarymovych1968.jpg Dr. Michael I. Yarymovych 1973–1975 D Eng SC, 1960 Columbia University, Institute of Flight Structures David C. Jones, George S. Brown, John Dale Ryan James W. Plummer, John L. McLucas Col James Strub (1974–1976)
18 Eugene E. Covert 1972–1973 MIT PhD Magnetohydrodynamics John D. Ryan Robert C. Seamans, Jr. Col Thaddeus Welch, Jr. (1971–1974)
17 17. Dr. James W. Mar 1970-1972.jpg James W. Mar 1970–1972 MIT Undergraduate 1941; PhD MIT, Civil Engineering LtCol Frank Attinger, Jr. (1966–1971)
16 John J. Welch, Jr. 1969–1970 Undergraduate MIT Mechanical Engineering 1951
15 15. Dr. John C. Fisher 1968-1969.jpg John C. Fisher 1968–1969 $3, MIT PhD John P. McConnell Robert C. Seamans, Jr., Harold Brown
14 Robert H. Cannon, Jr. 1966–1968 University of Rochester 1944 PhD Mechanical Engineering MIT 1950 Harold Brown
13 Robert G. Loewy 1965–1966 RPI, MIT Masters 1948 Col Mike Zubon (1962–1966)
12 12. Dr. Winston R. Markey - 1964-1965.jpg Dr. Winston R. Markey 1964–1965 BS Aeronautical Engineering, MIT, 1951, PhD MIT Aero Instrumentation John P. McConnell, Curtis E. LeMay Eugene M. Zuckert
11 Dr. Robert W. Buchheim 1963–1964 Curtis E. LeMay
10 Dr. Launor F. Carter 1962–1963 Physiology
9 Dr. Leonard S. Sheingold 1961–1962 Col Loyd Jensen (1961–1962)
8 Alexander H. Flax.jpg Alexander H. Flax 1959–1961 $3 Thomas D. White Dudley C. Sharp, James H. Douglas, Jr. Col David Pearsall (1957–1961)
7 Joseph V. Charyk.jpg Joseph V. Charyk 1959 Univ of Alberta, Engineering Physics 1942; California Institute of Technology PhD 1946 James H. Douglas, Jr.
6 6. George E. Valley Jr. 1957-1958.jpg George E. Valley Jr. 1957–1958 University of Rochester, Physics, 1939
5 Courtland D. Perkins 1956–1957 M.S. MIT 1941; Princeton Honorary PhD, 2001 Nathan F. Twining James H. Douglas, Jr., Donald A. Quarles Col John Taylor (1954–1957)
4 Dr. Horton Guyford Stever 1955–1956 California Institute of Technology, Physics, 1941 Donald A. Quarles, Harold E. Talbott
3 Dr. Chalmers W. Sherwin 1954–1955 University of Chicago, Experimental Physics 1940 (with Arthur Dempster) Harold E. Talbott
2 David T. Griggs 1951–1952 Junior Fellow in Geology at University of Harvard Hoyt S. Vandenberg Thomas K. Finletter Col Theodore Walkowicz(1950–1954)
1 1. Dr. Loius Nicot Ridenoour 1950-1951.jpg Dr. Louis N. Ridenour reported to MGen Gordon P. Saville DCS/D 1950–1951 California Institute of Technology, Physics, 1936 Col Peter Shenk (1950)
None Lt. General James Doolittle, head and shoulders.jpg Gen James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle (Special Assistant for Scientific Matters) 1951 MIT Sc.D. in Aeronautics, June 1925
None Dr. Ivan Alexander Getting (Special Assistant for Evaluation) 1950 University of Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), Astrophysics, 1935 William S. Symington


  1. AF appoints first female chief scientist, Air Force News Service, 3 June 2013
  2. Dwayne A. Day (2005). Lightning Rod: A History of the Air Force Chief Scientist's Office. University Press of the Pacific. ISBN 1-4102-2057-5. 
  3. "Energy Horizons - A Science and Technology Vision for Air Force Energy - Senior Leader Perspective". Mar-Apr 2012. 
  4. Michael Donley and Mark Maybury (2012). "Air Force Cyber Vision 2025". 
  5. Fontaine, Scott (19 October 2010). "Air Force names new top scientist". Air Force Times. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 

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