How US Airforce Tackles Challenges of Innovation

Stuart Wagner on How US Airforce and Space Force Take Quantum Leap in Innovations
Stuart Wagner, chief digital transformation officer, Air Force and Space Force, Department of the United States Air Force

The United States Air Force's digital transformation organization is currently developing and refining a range of captivating innovations. These include, among many others, a sophisticated system designed to anticipate potential threats faced by pilots during sorties, a cutting-edge tool for identifying electronic warfare threats, and advanced instruments for evaluating the resilience of classified communication networks. With sufficient funding, these prototypes are being transformed into practical solutions.

Stuart Wagner, chief digital transformation officer for the Air Force and Space Force in the Department of the United States Air Force, highlights the significance of an effective risk assessment framework in enabling public sector organizations to match the private sector's pace and motivation for innovation.

"It’s all about the benefits of taking action against the cost of not taking an action. While leaders across various defense departments now embrace the language of innovation, what we lack are the proper incentives. Nonetheless, our past and upcoming hackathons have set higher standards for us, not only to foster an innovation-driven culture but also to effectively implement technology at a larger scale," Wagner said.

In this exclusive video interview with Information Security Media Group, Wagner discusses:

  • Challenges of managing innovations in public sector;
  • Importance of hackathons to incubate innovations at scale;
  • A unique pitch to address cybersecurity and software supply chain security issues.

Wagner has been working at the U.S. Air Force and Space Force for more than two years. Prior to this, he worked as the technical advisor and chief data officer at the United States Department of Defense.

About the Author

Rahul Neel Mani

Rahul Neel Mani

Founding Director of Grey Head Media and Vice President of Community Engagement and Editorial, ISMG

Neel Mani is responsible for building and nurturing communities in both technology and security domains for various ISMG brands. He has more than 25 years of experience in B2B technology and telecom journalism and has worked in various leadership editorial roles in the past, including incubating and successfully running Grey Head Media for 11 years. Prior to starting Grey Head Media, he worked with 9.9 Media, IDG India and Indian Express.

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