CyberWorx

CyberWorx educates Air Force cadets while simultaneously partnering with industry to solve cyber problems facing our Nation. The CyberWorx Team recognizes the significant advances enabled through industry partnerships, and has structured a mission around these synergistic relationships.

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Current Project - #AFMDC2

Project: Design and establish a proof of concept for a next-generation user experience for multi-domain command and control of integrated Air, Space, and Cyber Operations.

Goals of the Project? 

The intent of this project is to make operational units more effective by improving the quality of decisions of our Commanders through automated decision support, computer teaming, mobility, technological simplicity, and intuitive processes in the C2 arena. This quality of life improvement will manifest as an agile, robust and survivable C2 construct that will allow the AF to execute integrated Air, Space, and Cyberspace power projection mission with a smaller, faster, more capable, survivable cadre of operators.

Benefits for Industry Partners?

Simplify, accelerate, and increase the agility of Air Force C2 by integrating Air, Space, and Cyber operations to a single virtual and/or physical construct

Fully leverage the technical capabilities of current and emerging technologies

Improve decision making through a more dynamic, robust, and survivable C2 construct

Industry Partners Represented

Boecore, Linquest, Microsoft, Regis University, Vigilant Technologies

 

Current Project - #AFSmartBases-2

Project: How might we better leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technologies to improve cadet and/or staff efficacy in the potential areas of 1) health and wellness; 2) athletics; 3) academics; 4) security & accountability; 5) military training & readiness; and 6) scheduling/time management?

Goals of the Project?

The intent of this project is to improve the Academy mission effectiveness and quality of life by leveraging smart technologies. This offers the opportunity to further conceptualize, experiment with, and evaluate the feasibility and viability of IoT technologies for potential Air Force “Smart Base” applications. This also postures external partners to better develop Air Force-relevant solutions to these ends.

Benefits for Industry Partners? 

Leverage Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technologies

Optimize operational effectiveness, quality of life, and attractiveness of the Air Force to digital-native recruits

Improve cadet productivity and reduce management costs

 Industry Partner Representation

Foresite Group, Barn Owl Technologies, Studio Forza, IBM, Cisco

FAQs About CyberWorx

What is CyberWorx?

CyberWorx is a dynamic organization partnering Airmen, industry, and academia to reimagine how technology might enrich and protect our nation, businesses, and lives. As a human-centric design center, we seek out unique ways to connect Air Force warfighters with current and future technology in meaningful ways. We look to transfer, license, and share promising prototypes, solutions, and knowledge with our partners to create value for both the warfighter and the economy as this is the best way toward operational advantage.

What is the difference between a sprint and a project?

The sprint is an intensive, 3 to 5-day process for answering critical business questions through design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers.

A design thinking project is longer-term, lesson-based way to explore design thinking utilizing a project management framework.

Why does the Air Force need commercial expertise?

The Air Force is going through a cultural and technical renaissance and needs assistance in varying domains. Having commercial partners with expertise in expansive and diverse fields allows the Air Force to identify problems and leverage ideas in ways that are both cost effective and feasible. These commercial partners allow the Air Force to quickly determine areas of concern and to implement solutions with state of the art technologies.

Why the Air Force is Using Design Thinking at CyberWorx?

Design thinking is a common sense, human-centric problem solving method embraced by innovation leaders in industry, but often overlooked in the government sector. The CyberWorx design thinking process is a transdisciplinary method that breaks down silos of standard organizational structures. Organizations naturally form structures based on specializations to facilitate deep expertise, but these structures often impede creativity, collaboration, and knowledge sharing vital to innovation. CyberWorx deliberately reaches across specialties to bring diverse perspectives to a problem in a non-threatening environment. This evokes ideas that would otherwise be missed or stifled. The transdisciplinary design approach teases out meaningful solutions that are intuitive and desirable to Airmen.

Air Force CyberWorx offers facilitated design thinking sessions that bring stakeholders, industry and academic experts together to develop solutions to hard problems. These sessions are tailored to best meet AF needs with differing lengths based on time sensitivity and CyberWorx capacity. One method, which maximizes solution agility and the educational benefit to warfighters and industry partners, is to offer a design sprint where the weeklong design project answers a challenge being worked for AF stakeholders. The goal of such a design sprint is to develop low fidelity prototypes that clearly convey the desired Airman experience and the technical and policy developments needed to bring that experience to fruition. These projects help refine the requirement by seeking the right problem to solve and finding meaningful, forward-looking solutions by exploring a wide range of possible answers to the design problem.

What’s in it for me?

By nature of a design thinking environment and collaborative approach to problem solving, industry partners will benefit from the opportunity to develop solutions with the potential for transfer to both the commercial and government environments, building relationships with the Air Force and other industry partners, and the opportunity to diversify and apply knowledge of cyber and cyberspace.

Testimonials

“The CyberWorx Program is what both industry partners and the military have been waiting for!”

“CyberWorx is changing me and how I think. I’m thinking about my company problems differently. I have learned so much from the added value towards personal and professional development.”

“With CyberWorx the paradigm of thinking is changing. Innovation. Collaboration. These two words best describe why its value is important. “

“Getting to work alongside future Air Force leaders is very exciting. I love the energy that the Cadets bring to class.”

“I love the classroom environment. I get to be interactive and put my ideas up on the board. I enjoy the way the CyberWorx team facilitates the class.”

Past Projects and Continued Efforts