Human Effectiveness

About the Human Effectiveness Directorate (RH)

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Human Effectiveness Directorate is a key component of the 711th Human Performance Wing. The directorate is composed of a diverse group of scientists and engineers studying developing technologies specific to the human element of warfighting capability. We are leading the Department of the Air Force in its human-centered research, and we integrate biological and cognitive technologies to optimize and protect the Airman and Guardian's capabilities to Fly, Fight, and Win in Air, Space, and Cyberspace.  We are headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, with additional locations at Brooks Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Baltimore, Maryland.
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Who We Are

The Human Effectiveness Directorate (RH) is the heart of Airman-centered science and technology for the Air Force. RH is focused on enduring challenges to enable, sustain, and enhance multi-domain capable Airman and Airman-machine operations.

RH leverages five primary Technical Competencies to deliver technology options for future USAF capabilities:

  • Training
  • Adaptive Warfighter Interfaces
  • Bioeffects
  • Bioengineering
  • Warfighter Medical Optimization

What We Do

The Human Effectiveness Directorate develops Airman-related technology for systems crucial to continued aerospace superiority. We work to transfer the same or similar technology to civilian applications when appropriate. We are organized into three divisions located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and San Antonio, Texas.

  • Warfighter Interactions & Readiness Division (RHW) – Enable a more informed, agile, and lethal force by delivering revolutionary capabilities that enhance preparation and mission execution across the full range of military operations.
  • Air and Space Biosciences Division (RHB) – Discover, demonstrate, and transition knowledge products and technology solutions from the full spectrum of bioscience, biotechnology and aerospace medicine, to enable, enhance, sustain, and restore the health and performance of the multi-domain Airman and Guardians.
  • Bioeffects Division (RHD) – Protect against and exploit the bioeffects of battlefield environmental stressors.

Contact Information

711th Human Performance Wing
Commander’s Action Group
2510 Fifth Street, Bldg. 840
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433