Our department associates with three research centers: the Center for Cyberspace Research (CCR), the Autonomy and Navigation Technology (ANT) Center and the Air Force Cyberspace Technical Center of Excellence (AF CyTCoE).
The Autonomy and Navigation Technology (ANT) Center is a forward-looking research center seeking to identify and solve tomorrow's most challenging navigation and autonomous and cooperative control problems. The ANT Center's goal is to develop navigation technology that ensures we can navigate anywhere, anytime, using anything. The ANT Center focuses on three research thrusts: autonomous and cooperative systems, non-GPS precision navigation, and robust GPS navigation/NAVWAR. 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.
The Center for Cyberspace Research, established in March 2002, conducts cyber security and cyber operations research at the Master's and PhD levels. CCR is forward-looking and responsive to the changing educational and research needs of the Air and Space Forces, the Department of Defense, and the federal government. CCR faculty's research and teaching excellence are reflected in the designation of AFIT as a national Center of Academic Excellence (CAE-R) in Cyber Research, by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA).
AF CyTCoE's goal is to enhance the USAF's ability to develop cyber warriors capable of delivering strategic, operational and tactical effects by leveraging the most cutting-edge technologies and tactics available.