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Air Force Research Laboratory

About AFRL

The Air Force Research Laboratory is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space, and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 12,500 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit:

The Air Force Research Laboratory leads the discovery, development and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces.

The Air Force Research Laboratory defends America by unleashing the power of innovative air, space and cyber technology.

While our heritage dates back to 1917, AFRL officially launched in 1997 to consolidate the four former Air Force laboratories and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The laboratory and its predecessors have overseen more than 100 years of critical research efforts for the Department of the Air Force and Department of Defense. With technology breakthroughs found in all of today's modern aircraft and weapons systems, including the F-117 Nighthawk, B-2 Spirit, C-17 Globemaster and the F-22 Raptor, AFRL has contributed to significant advancements in modern communications, electronics, manufacturing, medical research and products.

Personnel and Resources
AFRL employs approximately 12,500 military, civilian and contractor personnel, and manages a $7 billion portfolio of investments. The lab supports external customers and partners with industry while investing in basic research, applied research and advanced technology development. As one integrated lab, AFRL seamlessly supports the Science & Technology needs of two services: the Air Force and the Space Force.

AFRL has two types of directorates, functional directorates and technology directorates. Functional directorates provide specialized support, strategic direction and oversight of the operations and business research, development and innovation functions of AFRL. Technology directorates focus on development and innovations and are separated by technological capabilities. The 711th Human Performance Wing is made up of two units supporting a similar capability.

Headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio with locations in 10 States: California, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

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