#Amped600AF” Design Sprint

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, November 3, 2017 – C-TRAC, the Center for Commercialization, Research and Technology, will be supporting a CyberWorx Design Sprint in December 2017 with a focus on the best way to meld the now-separate Cyberspace with Global ISR – Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities to improve warfighting.

CyberWorx educates Air Force cadets while simultaneously partnering with industry to solve cyber problems facing our Nation. Design thinking – a structured framework for understanding and pursuing innovation in ways that encourage outside-the-box thinking – figures prominently in the CyberWorx Design Sprint process. Typically five days long, a Sprint originates with a problem statement. In this case, the problem to be examined is: “How might we eliminate operational barriers between USAF Cyberspace and ISR Operations?”

“We’re certainly looking at how do we better integrate and close the seams between cyberspace operations, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, information operations,” said Maj. Gen. Christopher Weggeman, commander of the 24th Air Force, also referred to as AFCYBER, in a recently published interview. Integrating that portfolio more seamlessly will allow warfighters to operate agilely and leverage new, innovative ISR and Cyber capabilities. This opportunity is much bigger than simply merging together two numbered Air Forces (the 24th and 25th, both at Lackland AFB) to achieve synergy; this opportunity is about moving toward multi-domain thinking in Air Force operations and unleashing the talent of our cyber and ISR forces in executing and supporting missions.

C-TRAC plans to identify industry thought leaders to work with representatives of the DoD and Air Force during the Sprint to consider how best to restructure Cyberspace and Global ISR operations to simplify their collaboration and increase their agility, thus helping them to complement each other more effectively. Diversity of experience is prized, as it enhances the overall creativity of the group.

C-TRAC will interview a variety of applicants to determine if they will be a good fit for the diverse group of industry experts envisioned for this Sprint, depending upon background and experience. C-TRAC invites any interested member of private sector industry to contact C-TRAC at info@c-trac.org  or at (719) 896-5087 ext. 209 with any questions and visit our CyberWorx Page to apply to participate.