Arlington Welcomes New Director of AFOSR

Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington science community are thrilled to welcome Dr. Thomas F. Christian as the new Director for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), where he guides the management of the entire basic research investment for the Air Force. An Arlington resident, Dr. Christian began his new post earlier this month, leading a staff of 200 scientists, engineers and administrators in Arlington’s Ballston neighborhood, as well as foreign technology offices in London, Tokyo and Santiago, Chile.   


As a member of the Senior Executive Service, Dr. Christian most recently served as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology and Engineering in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition). In this role he was responsible for assisting in development and formulation of Air Force science, technology and engineering strategy as well as policy spanning a variety of disciplines and involving more than 14,000 military and civilian scientists and engineers. In his new role, Dr. Christian becomes the 24th director of the agency. 


A key component of Ballston’s hub of science and technology, AFOSR selects, sponsors and manages revolutionary basic research that impacts the future Air Force, working with leading scientists and engineers around the globe to identify breakthrough opportunities and then developing and transitioning those discoveries to other components of the Air Force Research Laboratory, to defense industries and to other federal agencies.  

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