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The Joint Force Air Component Commander and the Integration of Offensive Cyberspace Effects: Power Projection through Cyberspace

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Air Force Research Institute Maxwell AFB United States

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Cyberspace can provide great opportunities to assist the joint force air component commander JFACC in the field. This article explains how the JFACC can best understand, integrate, and command and control C2 offensive cyber operations into a war plan to produce effects necessary for the mission. The idea of a few keystrokes neutralizing the enemys integrated air defenses will mesmerize just about everyone. Instead of employing a pricey kinetic weapon against a target, a cyber operator can simply take it out at the proper time and placein theory. Offensive cyberspace operations have the potential to provide these types of power projecting effects in the battlespace, but how can the JFACC gain access to, integrate, and C2 offensive cyberspace operations The direct connection between those operations and the JFACC continues to be a substantial focus area. This article proposes a solutionone that will work within the constraints of the 2013 Joint Staff Execution Order on Implementing Cyberspace Operations Command and Control. This order defines two C2 frameworks that are important to comprehending the rest of this study the direct support model the current model and the operational control OPCON model, both of which were defined as part of a transitional approach to allow for the maturation of command relationships, authorities, and buildup of operational capacity.

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