Scott Cain

Maj. Gen. Scott Cain


Air Force Research Lab

Maj. Gen. Scott A. Cain is the Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and the Technology Executive Officer, supporting both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. He leads a $3 billion science, technology and innovation enterprise in accelerating the discovery and development of solutions for Airmen and Guardians. He is responsible for formulating a comprehensive technology portfolio that anticipates future warfighter needs, while promoting risk-taking and problem-solving across a 6,000-member government workforce. He accelerates the delivery of cross-domain solutions through partnerships with industry, academia and international allies, and executes an additional $3 billion in externally funded research and development. Through the laboratory's technology and functional directorates, AFWERX and the 711th Human Performance Wing, his team produces a deep technical and medical bench, pushes the boundaries of modern technology and improves the science for tomorrow.
Maj. Gen. Cain received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1995, where he was a distinguished graduate, earning a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering. The general attended undergraduate pilot training in 1995 and was selected to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon. After completion of F-16 training, he served as an operational F-16 pilot in Kunsan Air Base, Korea, and Misawa AB, Japan, flying combat missions in support of Operation Southern Watch. He previously commanded the 96th Test Wing, Air Force Materiel Command, Eglin AFB, Florida. Prior to his current assignment, Maj. Gen. Cain served as the Director, Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command.

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