In 2015, the concept for AF CyberWorx was briefed to a few visionaries: Gen John Hyten, then Air Force Space Command CC, the AF CIO, Lt Gen William Bender, and Mr. Richard McConn, USAFA ’66, USAFA distinguished graduate, accomplished business leader, and senior mentor to the DHS CoI. These three championed this initiative with AF senior leadership and the Academy Foundation. Subsequently, founding documents were drafted and staffed between the Academy and AFSPC. Manpower was allocated and space was identified in the academic building for the new organization.

The AF CyberWorx concept was to harness the intellect of government, industry, and Academia to ideate and solve the Air Force’s hardest challenges in an academic environment.