Second Lieutenant Emily E. Snyder

Second Lieutenant Emily E. Snyder

Cyber Policy Intern

Second Lieutenant Snyder is currently an Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Master’s Degree Candidate at the School of International Service of American University, Washington, DC. She is pursuing a Master of Arts in International Relations: United States Foreign Policy and National Security, with a concentration in Cybersecurity.

Her current research focuses on Asian autonomy crises and Air Force cyber policy. She is also a Cyber Policy Intern under the U.S. Air Force Chief Software Officer (SAF/CSO), Mr. Nicolas Chaillan.

Second Lieutenant Snyder received her commission from the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in May 2018. Her first assignment is to attend American University sponsored by the USAFA Department of Political Science. Following her assignment at American University, Second Lieutenant Snyder is scheduled to attend Undergraduate Cyber Training at Keesler AFB, Mississippi to become a Cyberspace Operations officer.

Prior to her internship under the SAF/CSO, Lieutenant Snyder was a Cyber Warfare Intern under the Information Dominance Directorate, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C. There, she analyzed U.S. Air Force offensive and defensive cyber security postures, assisted in the development of cyber warfare and information technology program Congressional documentation, and integrated cyber policy with operational and development concepts.

Second Lieutenant Snyder has presented her research on the Tibetan Genocide at the 2018 Joint Service Academy Mass Atrocity Prevention Symposium, hosted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC. She has also spoken at the 2018 Bridging the Gap Workshop on Cyber Conflict hosted by the Cyber Conflict Studies Association of Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, sharing her research on the abuse of human rights in cyberspace by authoritarian regimes across the world.

As a Cyber Policy Intern under the Chief Software Officer, Lieutenant Snyder supports the Department of Defense’s Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative, creating and making software development tools available across the armed services. She also assesses current USAF and DoD contract language of software acquisition strategies and assists DoD Pathfinder Programs in the transition process to DevSecOps according to continuous Authorities to Operate (ATO) guidelines.


2018 Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO 

2020 Master of Arts International Relations: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security Degree, American University, Washington, DC (Anticipated)


  1. May 2018 – Present, AFIT Graduate Student, American University, Washington,
  2. January 2019 – July 2019, Cyber Warfare Intern, SAF/AQIT, Pentagon, Washington,
  3. August 2019 – Present, Cyber Policy Intern, SAF/CSO, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Effective Dates of Promotion

Second Lieutenant May 23, 2018

(Current as of August 2019)