Q2 Newsletter

Team Comments

AF organizations need help solving big problems in more fields than just cyber. We’ve accelerated our pace and expanded our scope to meet the demand utilizing our seasoned user experience (UX) team and proven research methods. 

Putting the user first creates the best solutions for policy, operational, and organizational challenges enabling emerging warfare constructs and addressing warfighter resiliency. Our methods work for all areas of expertise, designing minimum viable products wherever they’re needed.

We work closely with problem owners and stakeholders to flow smoothly to development. Including partners from the start ensures everyone understands how to achieve successful implementation. Some paths include Other Transaction Authority, Commercial Solutions Offerings, or Small Business Innovation Research submissions. Our partners, including the 309 SXMG, SkiCAMP, EDDGE, and the CDO’s office have helped successfully transition projects to development.

We’re helping our customers with a broad range of projects including:

  • Air Force JADC2 test and exercise platform at Nellis AFB’s Shadow Operations Center
  • Kubernetes UI on a T-38 enabling the AF to land an aircraft with better software than it took off with
  • A common mission planning tool for the F-35 community
  • New approaches to resiliency at USAFA, helping medical and support organizations

We hosted thirteen government and industry specialists in a Business Intelligence (BizInt) design sprint 7-9 January 2020. BizInt was the first project in a working relationship with Air University Blue Horizons and focused on providing commanders with up-to-date logistics and contracting information. General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, reacted positively to the BizInt app during a demonstration held on 14 May. Blue Horizons will demonstrate the tool to A4 and J4 soon for further leadership awareness. The future bright for this new capability.

Project Archer – We teamed up with Extreme Digital Development Group Enterprise iterate on the home-grown ARCHER program for analyst exercise scenario creation and data collection.

Assessor/AEISS – NORAD and NORTHCOM personnel, industry partners, and our team explored how to improve the User-Interface for AEISS to speed appropriate AF threat response.

6 Degrees of Kevin Beacon – Government and industry specialists examined requirements for a new cloud-based mission management tool to allow quicker, more accurate responses to civil search and rescue.

616 OC Convergence – Government participants explored how intelligence warfare could improve situational awareness and understanding to increase effectiveness.

Early Warning Radar Sustainment– Air Force personnel and industry participants came together to discover novel ways to sustain early warning radar capabilities for the next few decades.

CSfC – Government and industry specialists will explore the capabilities of Commercial Solutions for Classified Use in a discovery forum.

Kubernetes – How could the AF land an aircraft with better software than it took off with? AF CyberWorx is improving the UI/UX for a Kubernetes-based software platform on a T-38.

USAFA Strong – We are facilitating a project initiated by cadets and newly commissioned 2Lts focused on improving the mental health system at USAFA.

April Newsletter – 2020

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DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS

I’m often asked what AF CyberWorx is, or what kind of Cyber products we develop. My reply is always that we are a problem-solving organization. It doesn’t matter if the problem involves Cyber, C2, Personnel Recovery, Logistics, Training, Personnel, or even the Mental Health problem. We are about to tackle them all with a few brand new 2Lts and USAFA Cadets. We believe that Human-Centered Design is applicable to any discipline, not just software development. Any problem can and should be focused on the user experience; otherwise, why bother? As far as development, the only Products we create are the Minimum Viable ones. They can be a software application, tech solution recommendation, process re-engineering, or a simple white paper. As for our methodology, we do not start anything without the “problem owner,” i.e. the stakeholder and user. If given time, we’ll do as much research and as many discovery calls as possible. We’ll bring in users and problem-owners, problem stakeholders, industry, and academia. We put a priority on finding and involving the solution sustainer right from the get go. This is the best team make-up to ensure we are going after the right problem, identifying the most viable capabilities to meet the user needs, and collaborating on a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to ensure the user gets exactly what they want. For the proverbial cherry on top, the sustainer is able to iterate on that MVP and be sure they’re working on the right solution. Respect to the sustainers who know and appreciate MVPs! While we may not have vast resources or big-time shout-outs on social media and tech conferences, we are a small team of doers punching well above our weight class and quietly delivering solutions for some of the DoD’s most complex problems. Hopefully this helps explain a bit about AF CyberWorx and what we are about. We look forward to solving a problem with you someday! Q1wins

OpsAI – Government and industry organizations networked and explored operational use cases of artificial intelligence with the possibility of contracts, SIBRs, and design sprints as paths forward.


SHoCnAwe – Twenty five government and industry participants collaborated in Las Vegas to identify the future capabilities of the Shadow Ops Center.

BizInt – Fifteen participants from Blue Horizons examined the needs of contracting personnel working on deployment requirements.


COVID-19 response – We moved to a virtual office, 3D-printed mask extensions, and shifted current projects to virtual design sessions.

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Archer – Air Force exercise developers and analysts are crafting a solution for creating, tracking, and analyzing exercise scenarios and datapoint information.

Morpheus CSfC  – Government and industry participants will explore and ideate on the utilization of Commercial Solutions for Classified.

Six Degrees of Kevin Beacon – The AFRCC is improving how they assess and manage emergency response beacon signals for faster response time and continuity of operations.

Smells Like Convergence – Key stakeholders will collaborate on solutions for converging information and unit capabilities to optimize 16th AF’s Information Warfare mission.

Radar Modernization – ACC and LCMC need possible solutions for sustaining NORAD/NORTHCOM’s early warning radar capability for the next two decades.LEARN MORE

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CRECYBER RISK ECOSYSTEMCRE is a multi-domain C2 tool assisted by AI and machine learning, measuring and conveying cyber risks to commanders.
AUTOMATED READINESS FORECASTINGCommanders need an interactive tool to suggest corrective actions and view readiness information. ARF
OptimusOPTIMUSA mobile app that helps instructor pilots notate, keep track of, and update flight evaluations in-flight fast and accurately.

JUNE 2019 NEWSLETTER – UPCOMING SPRINT: #RESQME

#ResqMe Spring AF CyberWorx

INNOVATION

We are accepting applications for industry and government partners for our next sprint, taking place July 16-18, 2019. Deadline for applications is Friday, June 21, 2019

Participants in this three-day workshop-style event will use human-centered design to modernize or revolutionize the aircrew CSEL radio. Think you can contribute? We will be answering the question on how might the Air Force best modernize the CSEL radio to ensure robust connectivity between the Isolated Person, Command and Control (C2) nodes, and aircraft during launch, en route and recovery?

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Collaboration June Newsletter AF CyberWorx

AIR FORCE CYBERWORX DIRECTOR ENGAGES COLORADO SPRINGS DEFENSE COMMUNITY AT AFCEA LUNCHEON

COLLABORATION

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Chiaramonte, Director of AF CyberWorx, had the honor of being the guest speaker at the monthly Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Associations (AFCEA) Rocky Mountain Chapter luncheon, held May 16 at the Peterson Air Force Base Club.

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Education june Email News 2019

RECENT USAFA & AF CYBERWORX GRADUATE FLOURISHES IN NEW POSITION

EDUCATION

AF CyberWorx reached out to former cadets who worked with the innovation organization on campus before graduating. We caught up with two alumnae and found out what they are doing now, how their experience in AF CyberWorx influenced them, and what today’s cadets can do to better prepare for a successful future. Read our first alumna feature today.

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MDO Challenge AF CyberWorx May News

UPCOMING CHALLENGES

The newest #MDOChallenge from AFWERX is seeking to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the US and its Allies’ integrated operations in multiple areas. AF CyberWorx has been helping build some of this technology. Learn more about the challenge now: 

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MAY 2019 NEWSLETTER – USAFA CADETS WIN 1ST PLACE AT CYBER 9/12 CHALLENGE

Cyber 9/12 Newsletter AF CYberWorx

EDUCATION

There is no rest for a U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) cadet. The USAFA Cyber Competition Team had the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. over spring break and participate in a cybersecurity breach challenge. They placed 1st within the student-based track and beat out 37 other competitor teams in the 7th Annual Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge.  

Read about the event and the Cyber Competition Team, Delogrand’s win on our blog.

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Innovation May Newsletter AF CyberWorx

DEANS OF SERVICE ACADEMIES VISIT AF CYBERWORX TO IMPROVE SAPR

INNOVATION

Recently, the academic deans of all five service academies and US Air Force Academy (USAFA) SAPR leads visited AF CyberWorx and received their first hands-on experience with human-centered design and left to approach their respective SAPR programs with new energy.

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Collaboration May Email News 2019

AFCEA LUNCHEON WITH AF CYBERWORX DIRECTOR, MICHAEL CHIARAMONTE, LT COL

COLLABORATION

Join Lt Col Chiaramonte on Thursday, May 16 at 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. The luncheon will take place at the Peterson AFB Club, 260 Glasgow Ave #103, Colorado 80914. If you would like to be a part of the luncheon, register today! 

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MDO Challenge AF CyberWorx May News

UPCOMING CHALLENGES

The newest #MDOChallenge from AFWERX is seeking to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the US and its Allies’ integrated operations in multiple areas. AF CyberWorx has been helping build some of this technology. The submission deadline to participate in the next step in the challenge is June 3. Learn more about the challenge now. 

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APRIL 2019 NEWSLETTER – FLIGHT EVALUATION APP AIMS TO REDUCE PILOT SHORTAGEL

Optimis April Email Newsletter AF CYberWorx

EDUCATION

There is a pilot shortage in the United States Air Force right now and part of the problem affecting pilot retention is the current evaluation process. It can take up to three months for a student pilot’s evaluation to be submitted after their evaluated flying time. 

Read about the app that can help change all that in our recent blog.

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Innovation April Email News 2019

HAVE AN IDEA?

INNOVATION

Airmen, did you know that you can tell us what to work on next? Send your ideas to IdeaScale today and work with us by bringing the future faster for the United States Air Force. 

Submit Idea ?

Collaboration April Newsletter AF CyberWorx

UPCOMING T2 EVENT

COLLABORATION

AF CyberWorx, together with our partner C-TRAC, will be hosting a Technology Transfer event in June to highlight the technology and resources available at USAFA. Stay tuned for more details!

Space Symposium AF CyberWorx April News

ATTENDING THE SPACE SYMOPSIUM?

Will you be in town for the Space Symposium? Come visit us at the Catalyst Campus Open House on Wednesday, 10 April, 1:00-4:00 pm in the Peak Technology Room. Catalyst Campus is located at 555 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Colorado Springs.

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DECEMBER 2018 – JOIN OUR NEXT DESIGN SPRINT: AIR FORCE CYBER TALENT MANAGEMENT

COLLABORATION

AFCTM Newsletter December

We’re hosting a design sprint focused on building a better recruiting, talent management, and retention program for US Air Force cyber professionals. For this design sprint, we’re recruiting cyber professionals, HR reps, talent management experts, and, of course, military personnel.

The #AFCTM Application deadline is December 17, 2018, while the sprint is January 22-25. Apply today and join us on the USAFA campus in January.

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TEAM AIMS HIGH FOR SELF-HEALING DRONE SWARM

Education December Newsletter AF CyberWorx

EDUCATION

When a team of firefighters is fighting a wildfire, how can they communicate more effectively among one another and command base to best save resources, tackle their challenge, and potentially save lives? This is just one of the many questions a project team is trying to answer with a self-healing drone swarm. Learn about the capstone in this month’s blog highlight.

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VISIT US AT THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW!

December Innovation AF CyberWorx Newsletter

INNOVATION
From January 8-11, 2019 we’ll be in Las Vegas for CES in booth 1209. CES is the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Stop by our booth to talk about how we can improve the tech of the Air Force and solve problems together in an innovative way.

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Upcoming Challenges AF CyberWorx

THE AIR FORCE CHALLENGE

Join AF Cyberworx and the Air Force Research Laboratory in an upcoming challenge. 

AF VCC

The Vice Chief Challenge is an open competition to solicit innovative ideas to tackle Air Force level problems. This year’s challenge will take on Multi-Domain Operations (MDO).  Submissions must be entered into the Air Force IdeaScale before February 28, 2019

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NOVEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER – FLIGHT SCHEDULING APP TEAM VISITS F-15E SQUADRON FOR RESEARCH

EDUCATION

PUCC November Newsletter AF CyberWorx
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Recently, a project team working on a Flight Scheduling App visited a fighter squadron at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base (AFB) in North Carolina.

This trip to Seymour-Johnson helped the team shape their understanding of the problem, which will enable them to create a deliverable that drives to save flight schedulers time and effort, and results in fewer aborted flights. The project is in collaboration with ACC, Defense Innovation Unit, USMC, USN, and Microsoft.

Read more about their experience in this month’s spotlight blog. 

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AF CYBER TALENT MANAGEMENT DESIGN SPRINT, JAN 22-25

INNOVATION

Innovation November AF CyberWorx

If the US Air Force started with a clean slate, what could they build to recruit and retain top Cyber professionals? You can join our conversation with key leaders from the Air Force, industry, and academia to reimagine and redesign the cyber talent management program within the Air Force. 

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JOIN US AT CYBERSAT SUMMIT!

COLLABORATION

Collaboration November AF CyberWorx

From November 14-16, you’ll have the chance to chat and collaborate with us to solve Air Force problems at Table 9. CyberSat is in Arlington, VA at the Sheraton Pentagon City. This conference is known for bridging the gap between satellite, space, and government for cybersecurity solutions.

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upcoming challenges AF CyberWorx November

THE AIR FORCE CHALLENGE

Join AF Cyberworx and the Air Force Research Laboratory in an upcoming challenge. 

The Air Force Vice Chief of Staff is challenging Airmen, academia and industry to enhance Multi-Domain Operations, which integrates joint and coalition capabilities across all military operations. In a world dominated by rapid innovation, can you look around and find a better way to establish situational awareness, develop courses of action or deliver effects at unmatched speed? 

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