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Preparing for the Cyber Battleground of the Future

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Journal Article - Open Access

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50th Space Communications Squadron Schriever AFB United States

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For space and cyber Airmen, tomorrows fight will be determined largely by the concept of cyberspace dependency. That term, as defined by the author, is the degree to which a military capability relies on supremacy over a portion of the cyberspace domain in order to cause or carry out its effects. Cyber dependency is rapidly growing due to the cyberspace domains exponential nature, the trajectory of market forces in the civilian world, and the strategic integration by the military of computer technology in the land, maritime, and air domains. Unlike employment in the three traditional war-fighting domains, the present employment of capabilities in the space domain cannot be achieved without cyberspace. The recognition of this unique relationship between space and cyberspace has profound implications for recruitment initial, intermediate, and advanced training and development in the space and cyber career fields. A transition from the current force-development system towards one that acknowledges the unique relationship between space and cyberspace will have the additional benefit of informing the greater operational community as war fighters in the land, maritime, and air domains continue to become increasingly dependent upon cyberspace and space. This article discusses the implications of cyber dependency and proposes six recommendations to ensure that from recruitment to advanced training, space and cyber Airmen are prepared to excel in their interconnected domains.

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  • Cybernetics

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