Accession Number : ADA626419


Title :   From Conception to Birth: The Forces Responsible for AFCyber's Evolution


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Moore, Johannes


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a626419.pdf


Report Date : Jun 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 105


Abstract : In 2005, SECAF Wynne and CSAF General Moseley acknowledged the growing threat to national security posed through the cyber domain and recognized the need for the USAF to embrace the still-chaotic world of cyber. After amending the USAF Mission Statement in 2005, he tasked Lieutenant General Robert Elder, 8 AF/CC, to devise an organizational structure for a cyber-focused Major Command (MAJCOM). Some outside the service perceived this as a mission grab by the USAF, while others within the Air Force questioned the decision to create a Major Command focused on the cyber domain. Lt Gen Elder successfully built an on-ramp for the new MAJCOM, but an organizational crisis resulted in the creation of a cyber-focused Numbered Air Force rather than a cyber-focused Major Command. After this change, Lt Gen Elder and Major General William Lord (AFCYBER's Provisional Commander) hired a team to develop how cyber operations would contribute in concept and execution toward joint operations. This thesis describes in unprecedented detail the evolution of AFCYBER, identifies the USAF s response to the bureaucratic challenges, and assesses the organizational response to the sweeping SECAF-directed changes.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE , *CYBERWARFARE , *ORGANIZATIONAL REALIGNMENT , THESES


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE