Photo of a pilot in a plane wearing an oxygen mask      The Air Force Research Laboratory's Airman Systems 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 Air Force in its human-centered research, and we integrate biological and cognitive technologies to optimize and protect the Airman'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.

Who We Are

The Airman Systems 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 (1) Training, (2) Adaptive Warfighter Interfaces, (3) Bioeffects, (4) Bioengineering and (5) Warfighter Medical Optimization to deliver technology options for future USAF capabilities.

What We Do

The Airman Systems 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.
  Airman 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.

Bioeffects Division (RHD) - Protect against and exploit the bioeffects of battlefield environmental stressors.


About 711 HPW/RH

Photo of Dr. Kevin T. Geiss, Director, Airman Systems DirectorateDr. Kevin T. Geiss, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, Airman Systems Directorate, 711th Human Performance Wing, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio which provides science and leading-edge technology to define Airman capabilities, vulnerabilities and effectiveness; train warfighters; integrate operators and weapon systems; protect Air Force personnel; and sustain aerospace operations. The directorate is a 800-person research and development organization that is the heart of Airman-centered science and technology for the Air Force with facilities at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio and Ft. Sam Houston, Texas.  Full biography.

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