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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM): Mandating an Education Quota in the USAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Officer Corps

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Air Command And Staff College Maxwell Air Force Base United States

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This paper analyzes literature pertaining to USAFs Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance ISR professionals and the connection with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM education. Also, the research delves into USAF cyberspace structure, forces and risks. The focus is gleaned from respected sources and DoD and USAF Directives, Guidance and Doctrine referencing cyber, ISR, STEM and education. Accordingly, this paper explores the topics of USAFs goals current response and possible way ahead to grow a STEM educated ISR professionals in several steps. The first is to summarize the current operating environment within cyberspace. The second is to define how the US Government and DoD are emphasizing STEM education. The third is to interpret the USAF cyberspace force structure. The fourth is to explain the Air Forces approach to STEM. The fifth will quickly cover the risks facing the Air Force. The six proposes a solution and drawbacks. The seventh and final section will summarize the research and provide recommendations for further research.Who should the USAF target and then further develop as Cyber ISR professionals For cyberspace, an ever increasing number of Airmen must have the proper background, education and training anchored in STEM to be agile, innovative and successful. To grow a dynamic workforce and meet the ever growing challenges within cyberspace, the USAF must set a quota for STEM educated Airmen and steadily increase it for accessions and cross-flows into the Intelligence 14N career field. In light of lower manning and budgets, the USAF must recruit and retain 14Ns with STEM degrees today to succeed in the future. By immediately instituting a twenty-percent quota for STEM education as a prerequisite for the 14N career field, the USAF will meet the current percentage of 14Ns working in positions directly supporting or supported by cyber operations and be better positioned for future success.

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  • Military Intelligence
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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