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Autonomy and Navigation Technology Center 
The Autonomy and 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.

Center for Cyberspace Research
The Center for Cyberspace Research, established in March 2002, conducts defense-focused cybersecurity research at the Master's and PhD levels. The CCR is a national Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research, as designated by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. AFIT is also an NSA-designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations and a National Science Foundation CyberCorp institution. On June 19, 2008, the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force designated AFIT as the Air Force Cyberspace Technical Center of Excellence (CyTCoE). Under the AF CyTCoE charter, the Center works with the Air Force leadership to develop and maintain the cyberspace workforce via cutting-edge graduate and continuing education. The CCR is forward-looking and responsive to the changing educational and research needs of the Air Force, Department of Defense, and the federal government. The CCR affiliated faculty teach and direct graduate research focusing on understanding and developing advanced cybersecurity-related theories and technologies. These theory and technology advancements have included efforts in critical infrastructure protection, network intrusion detection and avoidance, insider threat mitigation, cyberspace situational awareness, malicious software detection and analysis, software protection, and anti-tamper technologies. 

Center for Directed Energy
The Center for Directed Energy supports Air Force and DOD agencies in transitioning
Directed Energy weapons, such as high energy lasers (HELs), to the battlefield through vigorous scientific experiments, engineering research and diverse consulting activities, in conjunction with educational programs offered through the Department of Engineering Physics.  The CDE conducts both field and laboratory experiments that have allowed it to develop and maintain the world's most comprehensive simulation packages for atmospheric effects (LEEDR - Laser Environmental Effects Definition and Reference) and the effects of the environment on the propagation of HELs (HELEEOS - High Energy Laser End-to-End Operational Simulation).  These models each have over 200 DOD and industry users, and the CDE is actively using experimental measurements it and other groups have collected for verification and validation of its models.  The CDE's primary sponsors include the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office, the Air Force Research Laboratory's Directed Energy and Sensors Directorates and Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and agencies within the intelligence community. 

Center for Operational Analysis
The Center for Operational Analysis is dedicated to solving real-world operations and logistics challenges facing the Air Force and other organizations within the DOD. The COA directly supports our collaboration sponsors with faculty-led operationally relevant research conducted by AFIT students and contractors. Working for the Department of Operational Sciences, the COA is focused on developing our military and civilian students as elite Operational Analysts and Logistics Officers. Our faculty and students work directly with our DOD sponsors to apply graduate-level expertise to operational and logistics problems. The goal is to keep our military students connected to their respective services during their 12 – 36 month academic programs, and to help make AFIT an indispensible problem-solving resource to the DOD. The COA’s major research focus areas are: Mobility Modeling, Logistics Modeling and Analysis, Test and Evaluation, Resource Optimization, Data Mining, Irregular Warfare, Depot Sustainment, Change Management, and Social Network Analysis.

Center for Space Research and Assurance
The Center for Space Research and Assurance develops the technical space cadre through world-class research and immersive hands-on graduate education. It performs research into novel highly-valued resilient, responsive and reliable space capabilities for the DoD and Intelligence Community. The CSRA executes leading-edge space technology development, science, and space experiments in collaboration with government organizations to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Center for Technical Intelligence Studies and Research
The CTISR is focused on Air Force and DoD MASINT (Measurement And Signature Intelligence) scientific, technical, and operational activities through our graduate research programs.

Nuclear Expertise for Advancing Technologies

The NEAT is an interdisciplinary center with sponsored research supporting the development of persistent and relevant nuclear expertise to address emergent and future nuclear warfighting capabilities across all domains.  The NEAT is organized to provide the skills and interactions necessary to integrate the complex fields of nuclear engineering, systems engineering, data analytics, test and evaluation, instrumentation, solid state physics, and electromagnetics.  The NEAT mission is building human capital through world-class nuclear research, education, and publications.

STAT T& E Center
The STAT T& E Center consists of an interdisciplinary group of DOD T& E professionals that possess knowledge and experience of DOD T& E planning, execution and assessment, knowledge and experience in warfare areas, and statistical expertise. In addition to injecting more STAT into program test strategy planning, the STAT T& E Center COE experts ensure the organic test and evaluation team gain a better understanding of STAT and how it should be executed within developing testing methodologies.

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