Constellation Software Engineering, LLC wins the STTR Phase 2 award from AFWERX.

CSEngineering delivering Decentralized Identity Access Management (dIAM): Cutting-edge cryptography and Zero-Knowledge proofs to facilitate the secure exchange of verifiable credentials.

Annapolis, MD – Constellation Software Engineering, LLC (CSEngineering), in partnership with Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation (CCTI), is pleased to announce its selection by AFWERX for an STTR Phase II award, totaling $1,638,584.00, to advance its pioneering dIAM (decentralized Identity Access Management) solution. This initiative highlights CSEngineering’s commitment to enhancing digital identity security through innovative technology.

The dIAM solution, developed by CSEngineering, leverages cutting-edge cryptography and zero-knowledge proofs to facilitate the secure exchange of verifiable credentials across multiple classification levels. dIAM is a set of tools for developers that can be used to facilitate trusted and secure relationships between apps and users. Developers can use dIAM to enable the exchange of verifiable credentials secured by cryptography and distributed ledgers. It also offers capabilities for integrating advanced identity solutions into existing systems without relying on a single, centralized certificate authority (CA).

The Air Force Research Laboratory and AFWERX have partnered to streamline the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) process by accelerating the small business experience through faster proposal to award timelines, changing the pool of potential applicants by expanding opportunities to small business and eliminating bureaucratic overhead by continually implementing process improvement changes in contract execution. The DAF began offering the Open Topic SBIR/STTR program in 2018 which expanded the range of innovations the DAF funded and now on February 7th, 2024, will start its journey to create and provide innovative capabilities that will strengthen the national defense of the United States of America.

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CSEngineering Vice President, Decentralized Solutions, Mr. Christopher Stone stated “Physical PKI tokens are expensive and introduce the risk of spillage events. Our dIAM solution stands at the forefront of securing digital identities through advanced cryptographic methods and Zero-Knowledge proofs, ensuring that sensitive information remains protected while facilitating seamless verification processes, all without requiring the issuance of a physical token. We are excited about the opportunities this project will open up and are fully committed to delivering a product that meets the high standards of reliability and security that our warfighters demand.”

(Mandatory disclaimer) “The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.”

About CSEngineering

Constellation Software Engineering, LLC, (CSEngineering) a leading technology firm that delivers innovative, secure, and scalable Cloud solutions to the federal government. With a track record of excellence and a team of experienced professionals, the company is dedicated to serving its government partners with unparalleled expertise and commitment.

As a company, Constellation Software Engineering fosters a culture of innovation and continuous learning. We encourage our employees to explore new technologies, experiment with open-source tools, and contribute to the community by sharing their knowledge through blogs, forums, and technical publications.

By harnessing our personnel’s collective talent and dedication, Constellation Software Engineering delivers top-notch solutions to our federal government partners and actively enriches the open-source ecosystem. Our commitment to open source is not just a corporate value; it is deeply ingrained in the DNA of every team member who strives to positively impact the world through their contributions to open-source solutions.

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About AFRL

The Air Force Research Laboratory is the primary scientific research and development center for the Department of the Air Force. AFRL plays an integral role in leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace force. With a workforce of more than 12,500 across nine technology areas and 40 other operations across the globe, AFRL provides a diverse portfolio of science and technology ranging from fundamental to advanced research and technology development. For more information, visit


As the innovation arm of the DAF and a directorate within the Air Force Research Laboratory, AFWERX brings cutting-edge American ingenuity from small businesses and start-ups to address the most pressing challenges of the DAF. AFWERX employs approximately 325 military, civilian and contractor personnel at six hubs and sites executing an annual $1.4 billion budget. Since 2019, AFWERX has executed 4,697 new contracts worth more than $2.6 billion to strengthen the U.S. defense industrial base and drive faster technology transition to operational capability. For more information, visit:

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