Materials and Manufacturing

About the Materials & Manufacturing Directorate (RX)

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate develops materials, processes, and advanced manufacturing technologies for aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets, and ground-based systems and their structural, electronic and optical components. Air Force product centers, logistic centers, and operating commands rely on the directorate's expertise in materials, nondestructive inspection, systems support, and advanced manufacturing methods to solve system, expeditionary deployment, and operational challenges.
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AFRL/RX Leadership

Dr. Charles H. Ward is acting director, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate

Dr. Charles H. Ward is the acting director, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  Dr. Ward is responsible for more than 900 personnel, developing the next generation materials and manufacturing techniques for our nation's defense. The vision of his organization is to provide world-class leadership in materials and manufacturing for our Airmen. The Materials and Manufacturing Directorate is the only Air Force organization to oversee the entire life cycle of aerospace materials from discovery through processing, development and manufacturing, to sustainment of fielded systems. Full Biography

Optimized Coatings and Application on an aircraft

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