THE MISSION

The Hangar 18 mission is to deliver Agile and DevSecOps to the WPAFB Digital Acquisition and Engineering community. We accomplish this in three distinct ways:

Deploying tools and tool pipelines (we build it for you)

Guiding technical efforts (we help you build it)

Educating the workforce

WHAT WE BRING

TO THE TABLE

Streamline the Approval and Deployment Process

Achieving an approval to deploy software, and knowing how and where to do it, are no small feats. For many efforts, this is the most difficult and uncertain part of the lifecycle. Hangar 18 offers broad experience in meeting the Military's stringent cybersecurity requirements, and in configuring the most appropriate environment for numerous forms of software.

DevSecOps

DevSecOps (development, security, and operations) automates the integration of security at every phase of the software development lifecycle, from initial design through integration, testing, deployment, and software delivery. The benefits of DevSecOps are simple: Enhanced automation throughout the software delivery pipeline eliminates mistakes and reduces attacks and downtime. Hangar 18 provides DevSecOps processes and tools on its projects to control code changes, find security issues early, and deploy software to the customer quickly and often.

User Centered Design

User Centered Design is the process of building insights about users' experience through usability testing and other forms of user research into product development through an iterative design process. This process allowed us to include the user in every step of the development process, while prioritizing features that are the most beneficial. User experience (UX), which deals with the specific experience users have with a product, is a component of the UCD process.

Agile

Agile is a framework that breaks the developmental process into iterative steps, allowing for flexibility, testing, and change throughout the lifecycle of the project. Teams complete work in sprints, which are typically broken out into two-week chunks of time. Various checkpoints throughout the project allow the team to change direction as needed. Agile can be implemented in several different ways, the most popular being Scrum, Extreme Programming, and Kanban.

Education and Training

Not only are we doers, but also teachers. Our experience as practitioners allows us to relate to your team's challenges. If you bring your team to Hangar 18, they will work side-by-side with our team for first-hand practical experiences. Also, our affiliation with AFIT allows us to tap into and bring forward professional education and training to meet your needs.

Digital Engineering

Digital Engineering is a fast-moving and often nebulous space, but its ultimate success will rely on a foundation of best practices in software and data. Hangar 18 aims to address Digital Engineering problems at the infrastructure and data level, without locking the Air Force into specific tools or techniques. Our projects have demonstrated significant cost savings for data management and capability deployment, while also providing greatly shortened feedback time for data analysis and improved overall data quality.

Additional Information

user centered design

What is User-Centered Design?
User Centered Design is the process of building insights about users' experience through usability testing and other forms of user research into product development through an iterative design process. This process allowed us to include the user in every step of the development process, while prioritizing features that are the most beneficial. User experience (UX), which deals with the specific experience users have with a product, is a component of the UCD process.
UCD Process
Design is based upon an explicit understanding of users, tasks, and environments; is driven and refined by user-centered evaluation; and addresses the whole user experience. The process involves users throughout the design and development process and it is iterative. The team includes multidisciplinary skills and perspectives.

DevSecOps

What is DevSecOps?
DevSecOps (development, security, and operations) automates the integration of security at every phase of the software development lifecycle, from initial design through integration, testing, deployment, and software delivery. The benefits of DevSecOps are simple: Enhanced automation throughout the software delivery pipeline eliminates mistakes and reduces attacks and downtime. Hangar 18 provides DevSecOps processes and tools on its projects to control code changes, find security issues early, and deploy software to the customer quickly and often.
How it works?
With automation at the center of the DevSecOps model, delivery of capabilities is virtually continuous. A broad spectrum of best-of-breed tools are readily available to integrate the development, operations, and security functions. Additionally, the software lifecycle functions all share in the outcomes of the process, which provides significant incentives to work together and seek improvements. This is a much-needed paradigm shift for many AF projects.

Agile

What is the Agile Model?
Agile is a framework that breaks the developmental process into iterative steps, allowing for flexibility, testing, and change throughout the lifecycle of the project. Teams complete work in sprints, which are typically broken out into two-week chunks of time. Various checkpoints throughout the project allow the team to change direction as needed. Agile can be implemented in several different ways, the most popular being Scrum, Extreme Programming, and Kanban.
Advantages
Under the Agile framework, delivery of initial capabilities is rapidly increased, which has several implications. Project risk is reduced because the customer is able to accept or reject pieces of the project much earlier, and they may opt to change course on a regular interval. Contrast this with the traditional Waterfall method, which delivers a monolithic product for review after much of the project budget has been expended. Another benefit is the tighter integration of lifecycle components, which work in close proximity throughout design, development, test, and deployment. The net effect is a higher quality product delivered in less time, at less cost.

OUR TEAM

ORIGINS

Hangar 18 was born from a need to create an Agile approach to help the Air and Space Force communities in efficiency and deliverables in a cost effective way. We pride ourselves on understanding our clients needs and delivering a prototype in rapid succession. Data already exists. Let’s take that data and get your project moving at warp speed.

Members

Matthew Jacobsen
Director
Matthew Dever
Director of Outreach and Communications
Richard Sugarman
Director of Education and Training
Dr. Mark Reith
AFIT/EN Liaison
Col. Blair Watkinson
Technical Advisor