Wednesday, January 30, 2008

U.S. Air Force to Include Cyber Warfare Training in Recruits

In a steady stream of news on the increase in U.S. cyber warfare capabilities, the Air Force announced that cyber warfare techniques will be taught in basic training:

"Every enlisted man and officer will be taught about cyberwarfare in basic training, the Air Force Academy or officer candidate school, [Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark] Schissler said. About 100 students per year will receive more advanced instruction at the Undergraduate Network Warfare Training course at Hurlburt Field in Florida. Graduates of the six-month program will be able to operate a computer like "a weapon system" and will be known as cyberwarriors or cyberoperators, Schissler said. The first class graduated last month.

"The Air Force wants to build offensive and defensive capabilities in cyberspace. A presentation from the Center for Cyberspace Research at the Air Force Institute of Technology states the goal plainly:

"The Air Force "can drop a 2,000-pound bomb anywhere we want. … We need to be able to do the same thing in cyberspace … while denying that ability to any adversary!"

Air Force trains warriors to defend cyberspace

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