April Newsletter – 2020


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! 

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.

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.

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

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