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AFIT Digital Literacy Education

Digital Literacy Education at AFIT

Digital literacy as defined in federal legislation:

The skills associated with using technology to enable users to find, evaluate, organize, create, and communicate information.

Digital literacy education at AFIT focuses primarily on the areas of digital engineering, digital acquisition, and data science.

The most recent National Defense Strategy and National Defense Authorization Acts describe the need for the Department of Defense to modernize analytical and decision-support processes to execute the national defense mission more efficiently and effectively. This requires an increase in the digital literacy of our Airmen and Guardians.

AFIT is a leader in providing graduate and continuing education, research, and consulting in competencies to improve digital literacy. Below is a list of primary graduate programs, continuing education curriculums, short courses and workshops, and research centers that support this directive.

  • Digital literacy education at AFIT focuses primarily on the areas of digital engineering, digital acquisition, and data science.
  • Technology tools are commonplace to enhance learning and digital literacy.
  • Forty-five graduate degrees and certificates are offered in STEM fields.
  • Continuing education courses address numerous aspects of digital acquisition and data science.
  • Workshops and webinars complement formal education courses, addressing cutting-edge digital topics such as Model-Based Systems Engineering, Agile Software Development, Dev*Ops, Cloud Services, and Data Analytics.
  • AFIT conducts research through both its teaching schools and specialized centers.
  • Sponsored graduate research in digital literacy subjects such as artificial intelligence, human-machine systems, and data science complements degree programs.
  • Continuing education digital literacy research focuses on identifying and assessing new digital processes in the acquisitions and logistics arenas.
  • Faculty research ensures courses are constantly refreshed with the latest digital trends and needs of the Air Force. Supplemental education resources are also found or produced, vetted and provided to students.
  • DoD and Air Force Centers of Excellence and research centers conduct specialized research in critical fields to advance the use of technology, such as Operational Analysis, Technical Intelligence, and Space Research and Assurance.
  • Customer-specific technical consulting is available to support organization or process improvements.
  • Faculty and research centers provide tailored consulting and workshops to address real-time technology and information issues.
  • Principle customers are AFRL project teams, acquisition and sustainment program offices, depot maintenance organizations, test organizations, and operational logistics squadrons.
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Systems Engineering: Graduate Certificate Program

This graduate certificate consists of the four SE core courses. As most disciplined engineers in acquisition perform many systems engineering activities, this graduate certificate is highly relevant to most developmental engineers. Such course topics include: modern model-based systems engineering (MBSE) methods and tools, agile software development, the use of System Modeling Language (SysML) and architecture frameworks.

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Systems Engineering & Management: Graduate Master's & PhD Degrees

The Department of Systems Engineering and Management provides defense-focused graduate education through interdisciplinary research projects developing integrated solutions for the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Defense, and various national agencies. The department has three primary thrust areas: Engineering and Technology Management, Environmental Engineering and Science, and Systems Engineering. The department offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Systems Engineering and Master of Science degrees in five major multi-disciplinary fields: Cost Analysis, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering and Science, Industrial Hygiene, and Systems Engineering.

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Data Analytics: Continuing Education

The School of Systems and Logistics' Data Analytics curriculum teaches students through a series of short courses how to turn data into valuable information for future decision-making. Organizations can achieve higher levels of performance through the effective use of data.

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Engineering: Continuing Education

Furthering disruptive innovation in weapon system management requires the technical education offered by the School of Systems and Logistics. Short courses are offered in areas such as Systems & Digital Engineering, Architecture, Manufacturing, HSI, Reliability, and Airworthiness Certification.

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Test and Evaluation: Continuing Education

Through the School of Systems and Logistics' T&E curriculum, students will learn how the tools, techniques, and procedures of Air Force test and evaluation identify and resolve deficiencies, reduce risk, and confirm that systems are operationally mission capable.

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Software Engineering and Management: Continuing Education

Software is prevalent in almost all Air Force weapon systems! Today's workforce must have knowledge of software, from the engineers who code to the PMs that manage software-intensive programs. This curriculum teaches students fundamental software engineering concepts used in the DoD, and the principles of Air Force software acquisition and sustainment.

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Center for Operational Analysis

The Center for Operational Analysis (COA) is a premier research facility directly supporting DoD strategic objectives. The COA is uniquely qualified in its ability to apply rigorous quantitative and qualitative tools, methodologies and approaches to identify, analyze and solve complex operations and supply chain problems. COA research analysts hold advanced degrees and certificates, and many COA analysts have in-depth DoD or industry experience enabling the COA to provide cost-effective, supportable and sustainable solutions.

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