The Early Systems Engineering Section’s (HNCEX) mission is to apply Early Systems Engineering processes to determine where further action, such as concept refinement and technology maturation activities, are needed. The program’s primary goal is to understand the state of the Air Force cryptographic enterprise in order to advise staffs and programs and be a part of the solutions that will serve Air Force users. HNCEX performs studies and analysis to understand the current cryptographic inventory and how cryptography is used across the Air Force/DoD; analyzes the impact of NSA cryptographic decertification to Air Force weapon systems; performs analysis of alternatives activities to recommend best way ahead to close cryptographic capability/security gaps; partners with industry, academia, DoD agencies, and other Services on risk reduction, technology/standards/prototype-development efforts to enable information dominance; and helps facilitate NSA security evaluation and certification activities for cryptographic modernization activities. In addition, HNCEX completes the documentation and coordination required prior to a Materiel Development Decision and provides Program Objective Memorandum (POM) justification and crypto planning activities. All of these tasks support critical Cryptographic Modernization (CM) developments and support PEO, Lead Command, and SAF decision making processes.All Riverside Research opportunities require U.S. citizenship.