"The falcon is not just the feathered mascot of the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA). Known as a symbol of singlemindedness, prowess, and of readiness to serve, the falcon is synonymous with all of the critical values of this institution's fundamental mission to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation. The symbolism of the falcon has not only led us to success on the athletic field, but it has led generations of officers through rigorous academic challenges, decorated careers of service, and guided heart-felt outreach to the communities served by Airmen around the globe. The skills the falcon represents farsightedness, aerodynamic execution, efficiency, and discipline are ingrained into cadets educational and military experiences. The result is a cadre of officers with character, critical thinking skills, and visionary leadership; which on today's complex battlefields, will help them to anticipate and respond to evolving missions in air, space, and cyberspace; to emerging, game-changing technologies; and to new forms of asymmetrical warfare. With more than a $70 million annual budget, the U.S. Air Force Academy's sponsored research program is on the front-lines of this evolution. Representing 18 research centers and two Air Force institutes, cadets have a diverse choice of research opportunities. In addition to the centers and institutes within the Dean of Faculty, cadets also benefit from the research efforts within the USAFA Center for Character and Leadership Development, under the Commandant of Cadets, and the USAF Academy's Human Performance Lab in the Department of Athletics. The newly established K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Outreach Center is dedicated to providing support for vetted STEM programs in and after school, continuing education opportunities for educators, and via regional partnerships."
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