Department of the 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 Chief of Staff of the Air Force and the Vice Chief of Space Operations and includes senior representatives from the Air Force Secretariat and both service headquarters 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) (USAF/CV)

General​ David D. Thompson

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

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 and Cyber Effects Operations (AF/A2/6)

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) 

Lieutenant General James C. Dawkins, Jr.​

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

Lieutenant General Robert I. Miller

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)

Mr. Rowayne A. "Wayne" Schatz, Jr.

Director, Studies, Analyses and Assessments (SAF/SA)

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

Chief​ Information Officer, Department of the Air Force (SAF/CN)

Lieutenant General Michael A. Loh

Director, Air National Guard (ANG)

Lieutenant General Richard W. Scobee

Chief, Air Force Reserve and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command (AF/RE and AFRC/CC)

​​Primary FFRDC Sponsor

Lieutenant General Duke Z. Richardson

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

Department of the Air Force Lead for PAF

Dr. Angela P. Giddings

​Technical Director of Studies, Analyses, and Assessments​ (SAF/SA)

Updated December 2021