The New Reality, U.S. Military Training Cyber Warriors

August 25, 2018 - San Francisco - CA - - According to the Federation of American Scientists’ [FAS] website , cyber warfare has become so common that the U.S. Air Force is now training recruits in that specialty.

The breadth of these operations is impressive with three major areas of specialization:

“Defend DoD networks, systems, and information, defend the U.S. homeland and U.S. national interests against cyberattacks of significant consequence, provide cyber support to military operational and contingency plans.” [source, DoD website]

The projected career path can be viewed here CAFSC 1B4X1 CYBER WARFARE OPERATIONS .

As FAS describes the program:

“Offensively, trainees must learn methods such as buffer overflow tactics and techniques, privilege escalation, rootkits, redirection and triggering, tunneling, and so forth. Defensive methods include encryption, secure enclaves, boundary protection, intrusion detection, etc. A select group of especially competent trainees will be selected “to futher develop their skills in the areas of secure system design, vulnerability analysis, computer network defense (CND), and computer network exploitation (CNE)” in joint programs with the National Security Agency and US Cyber Command.”

The Air Force program is designed to build upon the IT skills that are an essential part of national defense now.

Additionally, DoD will work joint operation with the NSA on shared operations where indicated.

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