The mission of the Air Force Research Institute is "To conduct independent research, outreach and engagement that contribute ideas for enhancing national security and assuring the continuing effectiveness of the United States Air Force."
AFRI supplements the Air University and Air Force idea-generating capacity and supports air and space research inquiries from the Chief of Staff, as well as other top-level decision makers throughout DoD, and Defense Industry. The Air Force Research Institute enhances continuing studies, supports student research and conducts specialized research projects for the Air Staff and DoD to enhance national security and to provide relevant research for the United States Air Force. AFRI also partners with Allied International Military Air Chiefs on research projects. Much of Air University’s unclassified graduate-level research may be viewed at: https://www.afresearch.org/
Just as airpower revolutionized modern warfare, so is the Air Force Research Institute (AFRI) charged with revolutionizing our service through conducting independent research, outreach, and engagement to enhance national security and assure the effectiveness of the United States Air Force. Through the three pillars of research, outreach, and engagement, we seek to improve the combat capability of our service by engaging in intellectual discourse, and welcome opportunities for interaction and dialogue with individuals and organizations on subjects relating to the national security.
AFRI hosts the DoD's flagship Air & Space Power Journal on-line and in print. With over 800,000 hits per month, and with over 13,000 on line subscriptions, the Air & Space Power Journal remains the centerpiece for Air, Space and Cyberspace power dialog within/across the DoD. The Air & Space Power Journal is printed in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. In its legacy years the AFRI created and published the AU Review from 1947-1987, on a bimonthly basis. It was designed to serve as an open forum for presenting and stimulating innovative thinking on military doctrine, strategy, tactics, force structure, readiness, and other national defense matters. In 1987 the AU Review was renamed Airpower Journal, then Aerospace Power Journal, and currently the Air & Space Power Journal, since 2002. Currently located on the web at: http://www.airpower.au.af.mil/
AFRI also manages the Air University Press. The AU Press organization has existed for decades, designed primarily to help Air Force war fighters understand and apply air and space power in peacetime and conflict. Today, AU Press publications serve a wider audience that includes sister service personnel, national leaders and policy makers, academicians, military historians, and other analysts. AU Press publishes books, monographs, and occasional papers that are the results of unique research by AFRI researchers, military authors and civilian scholars. Currently located on the web at: http://aupress.maxwell.af.mil/
Additionally, AFRI is home for the Strategic Studies Quarterly (SSQ), an Air Force-sponsored Strategic Forum for Military, Government, and Academic Professionals. The SSQ critically examins and debates contemporary national defense and academic topics, such as, strategy, national security, international and defense policies and academic issues. It’s the goal of SSQ to serve as a conduit to establish a conversation between members of the military, government and the academic community. Currently located on the web at: http://www.au.af.mil/au/ssq/
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JOHN A. SHAUD,
Director, Air Force Research Institute
General, USAF (Ret)