Accession Number:

AD1038061

Title:

AIR FORCE CYBER MISSION ASSURANCE SOURCES OF MISSION UNCERTAINTY

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Research Report]

Corporate Author:

AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2017-04-06

Pagination or Media Count:

38

Abstract:

Much of the cyber capabilities that enable mission owners to function are outside their influence and often outside their visibility. This situation exists because of the confusing nature of cyber, how the Air Force has evolved cyber capabilities, significant institutional disconnects, what a mission owner wants, and the nature of risk management. The consequences of these issues are more than academic concerns as they have contributed to tangible issues throughout the Air Force. At present, it appears that there is a disconnect between the state of cyber capabilities from the perspective of the user and that of key leaders in positions to exert great influence on the future of cyber in the Air Force. While the Air Force likely cannot afford to meet every organizations desired level of performance, it can ensure that it closes the gap between actual performance and the assessed level of performance ensuring that programmatic and operational decisions are based on a shared understanding of reality. Such transparency and shared understanding will also provide additional accountability at all levels of cyber operations. This will facilitate informed discussions that can ensure authorities and responsibilities remain aligned with mission requirements, but still balanced with accountability for performance.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Systems
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]