New office at military base will test weapons technology

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An initiative led by a southwest Ohio military base will test technologies like directed energy and hypersonics to determine if the weapons can be fielded on future battlefields.

The Dayton Daily News reports ( ) the Air Force Strategic Development Planning and Execution Office has a staff of 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton and will report its findings to the top Air Force general and secretary of the Air Force.

Office Director Jack Blackhurst says the new field office will target Air Force-wide strategic requirements, rather than major command tactical needs. The initiative will report on the results of experiments, war gaming, modeling and simulation research, and the feasibility of prototypes as future weapon systems.

The new office is a part of the Air Force Research Laboratory.


Information from: Dayton Daily News,