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Center of Innovation

The Center of Innovation (COI) is a unique multi-agency research collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD).

COI focuses primarily on early-stage research engagements with major, market shaping companies on disruptive technologies. The center pursues this course of action for two primary reasons:

  1. Large corporations possess the scale and ecosystem to support large government agencies such as the DoD and DHS
  2. The government can gain early insights into how disruptive technologies may enhance their mission environment, or conversely, how emerging technologies may adversely impact their mission environment
  • Design Thinking
  • Cadet Education
  • Public/Private Partnerships
  • Basic and Applied Research with Market Shaping Companies
  • Designing a 21st Century Cyber Training Model to improve the sustainment of the AF Cyber workforce
  • Designing a Cyber Risk Ecosystem to quickly and effectively convey mission risks from cyberspace to non-cyber commanders
  • Rewriting AF Cyber Command and Control policy to create an intuitive and effecting structure to organize and operate in Cyberspace
  • Design a “Smart Base” using modern technology to simplify the lives of Airmen
  • Anti-malware research focused on code reuse versus variant detection. The defining features of this research have been speed and accuracy
  • Research on open source and government legacy software to fully leverage a new capability called Software Guard Extensions, new microcode embedded in Intel Corporation’s 7th generation microprocessor. This new capability provides a hardware solution for safe computing on compromised machines and over unprotected networks

Director: Dr. Terry Pierce
(719) 333-9429