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Cyber Resiliency Office for Weapon Systems (CROWS)...Building-In Cyber Resiliency to Improve Mission Assurance

In 2014, Congress, via the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) called for development of a plan to increase cyber resiliency of weapon systems. The Air Force responded to that call by organizing a series of initiatives which became the AF Cyber Campaign Plan (CCP). CCP's mission is to "bake-in" cyber resiliency in new weapon systems and mitigate critical vulnerabilities in fielded weapon systems. To address cyber resiliency of weapon systems, which are typically cyber-physical system rather than networked systems, the Air Force in 2016 established Cyber Resiliency Office for Weapon Systems (CROWS). The CROWS is an Air Force level office with participation across multiple acquisition and test organizations.

This presentation will describe the origin and composition of the CROWS, how we are systematically improving cyber resiliency in development of Air Force weapon systems while addressing cyber vulnerabilities of currently fielded systems, and growing our workforce talent with regards to cyber.

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About the Speaker

Photo - Col. Edward J. Masterson

Col. Edward J. Masterson

Colonel Edward J. Masterson is the Deputy Director of Engineering, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, MA. He is responsible for developing and implementing standard engineering guidance and processes in support of a number of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) programs across multiple Air Force Program Executive Officers. Colonel Masterson also leads the force development of the military and civilian scientific and engineering workforce at Hanscom Air Force Base. Col Masterson is also the Deputy Director of the new Cyber Resiliency Office for Weapon Systems (CROWS - an Air Force level office executing the acquisition portion of the Air Force Cyber Campaign Plan). Colonel Masterson is a native of Natick, MA, and entered the Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant after graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA in 1988. He earned a Master's Degree in Systems Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Col Masterson has served over 28 years in a variety of engineering and technical management assignments including laboratory, program offices, a test center, and HQ US Air Force at the Pentagon.

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