The Air Force has published its Energy Horizons vision paper (full document; caution, large-sized file.) As we reported earlier this week, Energy Horizons provides a blueprint for the service’s science and technology investment in air, space, cyber, and infrastructure in order to increase energy supply, reduce demand, and promote operational readiness, resiliency, and robustness. It charts goals in the near term (one to five years out), mid term (six to 10 years), and long term (11 to 15 years). Energy Horizons follows 2010’s Technology Horizons in the S&T blueprint series.
Unlike nearly every other innovative technology throughout history, Maj. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt believes the space enterprise emerged backward. “Every other domain started with an entrepreneur who built something,” Burt, the special assistant to the Chief of Space Operations, told an audience at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.