Air Force Oversight

The overall sponsor for PAF activities is the Department of the Air Force. The sponsor oversees and monitors PAF's research and is ultimately responsible for public accountability. The Department of the Air Force Steering Group for PAF, which is chaired by the Vice Chiefs of Staff and includes senior representatives from the Air Force Secretariat and the Air Staff, establishes overall objectives for PAF, provides broad supervision and policy guidance, and periodically evaluates the entire research program.

Current members of the Department of the Air Force Steering Group are listed below.


General David W. Allvin 

Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force (Co-Chair) (AF/CV)

General​ David D. Thompson

Vice Chief of Space Operations (Co-Chair)​ (USSF/CV)     

Lieutenant General Timothy G. Fay

Director of Staff, United States Air Force (AF/DS) 

Lieutenant General Brian T. Kelly

Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel, and Services (AF/A1) 

Lieutenant General Mary F. O'Brien

Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (AF/A2)

Lieutenant General Joseph T. Guastella, Jr.

Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations​ (AF/A3)

Lieutenant General Warren D. Berry

Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Engineering, and Force Protection (AF/A4) 

Lieutenant General S. Clinton Hinote

Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategy, Integration and Requirements​​ (AF/A5)

Lieutenant General David S. Nahom

Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Programs (AF/A8) 

Mr. Robert Chandler Swallow

Acting Director, Studies, Analyses and Assessments (AF/A9)

Lieutenant General James Dawkins, Jr.​

Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration​ ​(AF/A10)

Lieutenant General Dorothy A. Hogg

Surgeon General of the United States Air Force (AF/SG)

Lieutenant General ​Duke Z. Richardson

Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (SAF/AQ)

Ms. Kelli L. Seybolt

Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs (SAF/IA​)

Mr. John A. Fedrigo

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (SAF/MR)

Ms. Lauren B. Knausenberger

Deputy Chief​ Information Officer (SAF/CN)

Lieutenant General Michael A. Loh

Director, Air National Guard (ANG)

Lieutenant General Richard W. Scobee

Director, Air Force Reserve (AF/RE)

​​Primary Sponsor

Lieutenant General Duke Z. Richardson

Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (SAF/AQ)

Executive Agent

Dr. Angela P. Giddings

​Technical Director of Studies, Analyses, and Assessments​ (AF/A9)

Updated February 2021