Our department supports two research centers, The Center for Cyberspace Research (CCR) and Advanced Navigation Technology (ANT) Center.
- The Center for Cyberspace Research is a National Security Agency designated Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. Many of the concepts developed by student research in the CCR are transitioned to customers outside AFIT. For example, a student research-developed method for understanding network intrusion detection and evasion is now used by network analysts across DoD to assist in training and assessment of threats. The Air Force Research Laboratory has also adopted, among other things, a student research-developed innovative technique for identifying insider threats.
- The Advanced Navigation Technology Center is a forward-looking navigation research center seeking to identify and solve tomorrow's most challenging navigation problems. The ANT Center's goal is to develop navigation technology that ensures we can navigate anywhere at any time. Under Air Force Research Laboratory sponsorship, the ANT Center designed and built a GPS-based relative navigation system that determines cm-level relative positions between two flying aircraft. The Center also developed autonomous formation flight control algorithms and successfully flew the entire system at the USAF Test Pilot School, accomplishing the first fully autonomous precision formation flight appropriate for aerial refueling.