Sep 19 2023


9:00 am - 10:30 pm


STRIKEWERX is the innovation arm of the AFGSC Office of the Chief Scientist, connecting people and resources across government, industry and academia to solve the Command’s most difficult problems. Our events, workshops, design sprints, and industry challenges promote collaboration between academic institutions and businesses of all sizes. We provide a new opportunity for industry to engage with government in order to provide unique solutions.

Connecting with us can benefit you by:

  • Awareness of projects that could potentially result in a contract
  • Business development with DoD
  • Positively affecting National Security
  • Exposure to existing military challenges
  • Helping further the USAF innovation ecosystem




Russ Mathers is Director of STRIKEWERX/Deputy Director of the Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA). He is charged with ensuring his staff provides innovation and collaboration services to the Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) headquarters. A native of Midland, MI, he completed 27 years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force, with roles as a B-52 pilot, B-2 pilot, US Strategic Command nuclear operations planner, and Chief of Combat Plans in US Air Forces, Korea. He retired as the Chief of Staff for Eighth Air Force. He then served five years in federal civil service as Executive Director of AFGSC/A6 and the Air Force Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Center. During his career he has been stationed at Barksdale for over 22 years.