Roles are changing as the service
reshapes its digital future.
The U.S. Air Force is subjecting itself to a cyber eality check with an eye toward restructuring the discipline both operationally and organizationally. A working group is parsing the service’s activities in this domain, and this effort involves interaction
with the other services as well as the commercial sector.
The restructuring drive is being conducted in concert
with other Defense Department changes across the realm
of cyber activities. For the Air Force, it includes a shift from
communications specializations to a cyber emphasis. Disparate disciplines are overlapping and may be combined.
Some traditional Air Force career tracks even may serve as a
model for training and promoting new cyber experts.
“We are hard at work trying to define what the Air Force
future is in cyber,” says Gen. William L. Shelton, USAF,
commander of the U.S. Air Force Space Command. “We are
pulling the experts together from government and industry,
trying to understand what this future looks like—what we
need to build to. Rather than being confined by the past,
we instead look ahead and try to determine what our cyber
future looks like and how we need to posture ourselves to
be much better in the cyber domain than we are today.”
The Space Command has the major command
responsibilities for both space and cyberspace in the Air