Air Force Adds Cyber Training to Curriculum

The U.S. Air Force will be teaching the basics in cyberwarfare to new recruits and add more advanced cybersecurity schooling to its curriculum, The Associated Press reports.

According to Four-Star Gen. Robert Kehler, the cyberwarfare part of basic training would be short and would cover only the fundamentals such as passwords and firewalls. The more advanced, undergraduate-level training program will begin in June and last six months to train officers and enlisted personnel who are looking for a cyber career in the Air Force. Those enrolled will learn skills currently taught to communications operators and additional skills in computer networks and vulnerabilities.

The first class will include about 16 officers, and several sessions are planned each year as the Air Force needs to produce about 400 officers annually with skills in cyberwarfare, Kehler said.

Graduates of the program will be assigned jobs across the Air Force, including the 24th Air Force, which is part of the Space Command responsible for cyberwarfare and Air Force computer networks.

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