by Kenji Thuloweit
412th Test Wing Public Affairs
9/30/2015 - EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Dr. David E. Walker visited the Air Force Research Laboratory facilities here Sept. 23, 2015.
Walker is a member of the Senior Executive Service and is responsible
for all science and technology for the U.S. Air Force. This includes
preparing policy, guidance, and advocacy for the Air Force's annual $2
billion science and technology program. Walker provides annual testimony
to Congress, technical advice and counsel to the Air Force Acquisition
executive, and the Air Force's science and technology recommendations to
the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Walker received updates on technology efforts in a variety of AFRL
areas. He visited several in-house facilities supporting booster
developments for a High Speed Strike Weapon, Hydrocarbon Booster engine
development risk reduction and future tactical and strategic missile
systems development supporting the Ground Based Strategic Deterrence,
which will replace the current Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic
Other updates provided to Walker involved technologies to increase the
range or throw weight of missiles by using newly developed composite
rocket motor cases, improved insulation and nozzles, and new rocket
According to AFRL, since 2000, its Rocket Propulsion Division has
seen more than 170 applications and transitions of its technology to
government and commercial systems and has supported more than 30
research and development, and test and evaluation activities.
Walker is also responsible for overseeing a broad range of engineering
and technical management policy spanning systems engineering;
environmental safety and occupational health; industrial preparedness;
and functional management of more than 14,000 military and civilian
scientists and engineers.
He is a retired Air Force officer and graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School located at Edwards.