The Air Force Center for Strategy and Technology (CSAT) was established at The Air War College in 1997. Its purpose is to engage in long-term strategic thinking about technology and its implications for U.S. national security. The Center focuses on education, research, and publications that support the integration of technology into national strategy and policy.
Currently, the primary mission of CSAT is running the Blue Horizons program, a mixed-rank fellowship program for 16 officers each year. In 2006, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, General T. Michael Moseley, created Blue Horizons as an annual study of the strategic environment of the future—a study run by CSAT, assisted by students at Air War College and Air Command and Staff College. After nearly 10 years of increasing insight and influence, in 2015 the Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mark Welsh expanded Blue Horizons from a part-time elective into a full 10-month Intermediate/Senior Developmental Education (IDE/SDE) program with the charter to explore issues of future geo-strategic and military-technological competition as they relate to building advantage for the United States.
Soon to be in its third year as an independent fellowship program, Blue Horizons receives an annual research question from the CSAF and conducts an in-depth study of the topic through academics and research. After 10 months dedicated to crafting creative and independent perspectives to push the boundaries of conventional thinking, the study's results are presented directly to the CSAF as well as key agencies.
For more on past annual studies, see Our Study
To learn more about the Blue Horizons program, see Blue Horizons Program