Written by admin on Friday, December 21st, 2012
With an annual budget of over $4 billion, the U.S. is committed to countering the cyber warfare threat and has begun the effort of providing a robust cyber warfare training curriculum for its warfighters. Cyber warfare is a term that is loosely defined as a malicious activity in cyberspace that can be easily defined as an act of war. As such, the U.S. military is providing the training and skills to it’s warfighters to counter the offensive nature of such attacks.
The U.S. Air Force has recently unveiled a Weapons School curriculum to it’s airmen that aims to instruct students to counter cyber attacks at the graduate level. Traditionally, the USAF Weapons School has been reserved to train fighter pilots in graduate level training so they can take what they’ve learned and return to their respective squadrons to impart their newly acquired wisdom to their squadron mates but with the ever changing dynamic of the battlefield, the USAF is reaching out into new disciplines. Becoming a Weapon School graduate in cyber warfare is not only understanding the methods to counter attacks but also pits the student against an elaborate “red cell” that is designed to penetrate “blue” networks and facilities. The red cell mimics various attacks while a larger aircraft exercise is being conducted and it’s the student’s responsibility to thwart the attacks and maintain the battlefield network connectivity which is critical to mission success.
Likewise, the U.S. Navy has structured the Center for Information Dominance (CID) which is responsible for warding off cyber attacks and trains over 24,000 sailors a year. Although not to the graduate level of the USAF Weapons School instruction, the training is widespread and reaches many within the Navy’s ranks.
As the cyber threat evolves and becomes more complex, so must the U.S. military and providing cutting edge training is the first step to combating the threat. The world will continue to change and keeping one step ahead of the enemy is critical to maintaining the U.S. military’s dominance over all spectrums in the battlespace.
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