Former Cyber Policy Intern

First Lieutenant Snyder is currently an Undergraduate Cyber Training (UCT) Student in the 333rd Training Squadron at Keesler AFB, MS. Lieutenant Snyder received her commission from the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in May 2018. Her first assignment was to attend American University’s School of International Service in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the USAFA Department of Political Science. She received her Master’s in International Relations: United States Foreign Policy and National Security, with a concentration in Cyber Policy in May 2020.

While working on her degree, Lieutenant Snyder served as 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.

Lieutenant Snyder was an inaugural staff member of the USAF Chief Software Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C. As a Cyber Policy Intern, Lieutenant Snyder supported the Department of Defense’s Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative, creating and making software development tools available across the armed services. She also assessed current U.S. Air Force and DoD contract language of software acquisition strategies and assisted DoD Pathfinder Programs in the transition process to DevSecOps according to continuous Authorities to Operate (ATO) guidelines.

First 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.


  • May 2018 – May 2020, AFIT Graduate Student, American University, Washington, D.C.
  • January 2019 – June 2020, Cyber Warfare Intern, SAF/AQIT, Pentagon, Washington,D.C.
  • August 2019 – June 2020, Cyber Policy Intern, SAF/CSO, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • June 2020 – Present, Student, 333rd Training Squadron, Keesler, AFB, MS


  • 2018 Bachelor of Science 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, D.C.

Major Awards and Decorations:

  • Air Force Commendation Medal

Effective Dates of Promotion:

  • Second Lieutenant May 23, 2018
  • First Lieutenant May 23, 2020

(current as of August 2020)