Air Force CyberWorx is inviting cyber, IT and human resources professionals to apply to join the Air Force Cyber Talent Management (#AFCTM) project, focusing on how the Air Force can retain cyber professionals.

AF CyberWorx will host the AFCTM project on Jan. 22-25 in its design studio at the Air Force Academy.

“The ability to hire and retain cyber professionals is the cornerstone of the Air Force’s ability to successfully utilize cyber effects on the battlefield,” Lt. Col. Mike Helgeson, deputy director for AF CyberWorx, said in a news release. “Our aim with this design sprint is to find ways to improve the overall retention rate within the cyber field to better the Air Force.”

The Air Force needs to keep skilled individuals in cyber-related career fields in the Air Force, but the high numbers of cyber professionals transitioning to the civilian world suggests that jobs in commercial organizations are often more appealing, the release said. The Air Force wants to learn how it can give its cyber professionals a desirable and fulfilling place to work and develop their careers.

The project will take the form of a design sprint — a four-day workshop event where a mix of military and industry people work together to find solutions to a problem.

According to the release, the sprint uses human-centered design, a problem-solving process that emphasizes the end-users. It asks, “Is this a solution that people want to use? Will it meet the needs of the people using it?”

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The AF Cyber Talent Management project will build off a previous project hosted by AF CyberWorx. In the Cyber 21st Century Training Model Design Sprint, government and industry participants looked at how the Air Force could create a better training model for cyber professionals. Participants in the upcoming #AFCTM project will look at how the Air Force can better manage a career life-cycle.

Non-military participants will provide insight on how commercial industry attracts and retains talent. According to the release, being part of the sprint will give attendees a chance to network, learn human-centered design and develop relationships with Air Force personnel that can support future collaborations.

To apply or learn more, go to The application deadline is January 10, 2019.