Air force materiel command news service (July 29, 2005): AFIT, research lab agreement boosts research capabilities.WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 8,023 acres (3,247 hectares), W Ohio, NE of Dayton; est. 1917. One of the largest airport installations in the world, it is the air force's main research and development base, and the headquarters of the , Ohio -- Scientists, faculty and students will have greater access to research opportunities through a landmark memorandum of agreement A memorandum of agreement (MOA) or cooperative agreement is a document written between parties to cooperatively work together on an agreed upon project or meet an agreed upon objective. The purpose of an MOA is to have a written understanding of the agreement between parties. signed July 26 between the Air Force Institute of Technology The Naval Postgraduate School serves a similar purpose for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. The U.S. Army does not have a comparable school; Army officers study at the Naval Postgraduate School or AFIT. and the Air Force Research Laboratory.
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U. S. commander, and Brig. Gen. Mark T. Matthews, AFIT AFIT Air Force Institute of Technology
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"This solidifies the long-standing relationship and common goals that both organizations share and allows us to more fully leverage our resources," said Lamy after signing the agreement. "Both organizations have a critical role in creating the Air Force of the future, and together we can solve future challenges."
In the works for nearly one year, the agreement forms a strategic alliance between both organizations--which have been in partnership for more than 50 years--to consolidate 10 separate agreements into one corporate agreement. It supersedes all other existing agreements between the lab's 10 technology directorates and AFIT.
"Today is significant and fortuitous--this MOA moa (mō`ə) [Maori], common name for an extinct flightless bird of New Zealand related to the kiwi, the emu, the cassowary, and the ostrich. The various species ranged in size from that of a turkey to the 10-ft (3-m) Dinornis giganteus. gives us greater ability to rapidly respond to the needs of the Department of Defense and the warfighter in the field," Matthews said during the ceremony.
The agreement was established for two reasons: education and research opportunities, said Jack Blackhurst, AFRL plans and programs directorate.
"We look to AFIT to educate our future scientists and Air Force leaders and to leverage AFIT research talent and lab facilities," he said.
While both organizations have performed coordinated research programs for many years, the agreement clears the path for streamlined access and resource sharing among the lab's sites across the United States and AFIT.
"We want to break down any barriers for AFIT interaction at all of our sites," Blackhurst said. "This past year, AFIT established a full-time professor at Kirtland Air Force Base Kirtland Air Force Base is located in the southeast quadrant of Albuquerque, New Mexico, adjacent to the Albuquerque International Sunport. The base is the third largest installation in Air Force Materiel Command, covering 51,558 acres (209 km²) and employing over 23,000 people, (N.M.) and they have created agreements with the University of New Mexico The University of New Mexico (UNM) is a public university in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was founded in 1889. It also offers multiple bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degree programs in all areas of the arts, sciences, and engineering. . We hope to explore educational opportunities like this at our other sites."
Key elements of the agreement are to jointly develop personnel expertise and competencies in research areas of mutual interest, define the support required for major collaborative research programs and shared facilities, regularly review and highlight partnership accomplishments, and identify opportunities for multipartner teaming with other organizations to accomplish research objectives.
One of the primary benefits of the agreement will be increased flexibility among AFRL researchers and AFIT faculty and students, Blackhurst said.
"Researchers will be able to choose topics based on annual research calls, which are centered on topics of Air Force interest--specifically air, space, and information technologies," he said.
Another part of the agreement calls for increased interaction among the leaders of both organizations by holding an annual summit, a yearly interchange meeting, and an annual Technology Day event. The agreement also establishes a partnership working group, composed of the AFRL chief technologist, AFRL chief scientists, and AFIT Graduate School deans and department heads.
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