A Cyber Special Program Office: Managing the Enterprise as a Weapon System for Better Information Sharing in the DOD
Air Command And Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States
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Most Air Force communications and cyber management functions, programs, planning, funding, and acquisition processes currently exist in many forms, albeit separated from each other by organizational boundaries. Therefore, the U.S Air Force should seek to merge its cyber and communications platforms management and information technologies the same way it has with other weapon platforms by creating a formal, consolidated special program office for all communications, cyber, and IT systems. This integration is the next logical step following the creation of the AFCYBER and USCYBERCOM. By building a cyber SPO, the Air Force, and through time the other Department of Defense DOD services, can centrally govern the Information Technology IT systems and information thus reaching the overarching goals of DOD standard 8320.02 more effectively, efficiently, and earlier than current ad-hoc methods allow. This research paper does not narrowly focus on the technology of DOD Standard 8320.02 as much as it is proposes a SPO construct to build the organization for pulling technology efforts and existing entities together to meet the standards intent.