Air Force to Upgrade Cyber Operations Training, Investments

Lt. Gen. Bill Lord

In response to the accelerating pace of technological change and the increasing importance of cyber operations, Air Force Chief Information Officer Lt. Gen. Bill Lord said Thursday the branch will update training processes for the expanse of Air Force personnel.

Amber Corrin wrote in a Federal Computer Week report Monday that Lord announced the Air Force Space Command is developing a new “core function master plan” that will contain five-to-10 years of orders aimed at supporting mission needs of combatant commanders.

Lord told an audience at AFCEA IT Day that the plan deals with the reality that civilian employees and airmen are facing new combat realities in cyber space.

“We require a differently trained force than we have today… operations in cyber space no longer just support the mission,” Lord said, according to Corrin.

To achieve wide-reaching upgrades, Lord said this will address cyber workforce, investment, spending, tactics and procedures.

A driving goal of the master plan is to expand the knowledge base of Air Force personnel that are traditionally specialized. This runs up the branch depth chart from new recruits to high-level officers.

Lord said it will also include training for industry partners of the Air Force and look to capitalize upon the skills of combat veterans re-entering the workforce.

 “You could argue the 20th century was the century of air and space power,” Lord said. “The world is changing and the cyber piece will be at the center of that.”

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