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Examining Acquisition Leaders' Readiness to Support Future LandCyber Operations

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Defense Acquisition University Aberdeen Proving Ground United States

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The purpose of this research is to help define the necessary foundation for the acquisition leaders readiness for LandCyber operations through the next decade. This research examines potential acquisition leader knowledge and training gaps in cybersecurity that influence the cybersecurity shortfall risk in the weapon systems developed and fielded to the warfighter. The results may facilitate the U.S. Army Acquisition institutions development of curriculums to prepare leaders and improve readiness in support of LandCyber operations. Many works in the literature indicate a need for more cybersecurity training and address the impact of training on the weapon systems that support LandCyber operations. A survey of acquisition leaders is used to collect cybersecurity knowledge, skills, and abilities KSAs in determining individual knowledge, awareness level, and training gaps. Survey data collected from 156 acquisition leaders provide information to determine their readiness level base on the predefined readiness level criteria. Statistical analysis of findings indicates acquisition leaders readiness is at the level just below average. Further analysis of the data results in the acquisition leaders readiness at the lowest level. Whether acquisition leaders level of readiness is just below average or at the lowest, research shows that the level is below what is necessary for acquisition leaders to be able to support LandCyber operations, especially in the constantly changing future. Cybersecurity and resilience can be improved by acquisition leaders who have a clear understanding of what cybersecurity is and by ensuring that acquired weapons systems are secure and risks are managed and mitigated. The findings from survey data show that leaders and the workforce need to understand cybersecurity through increased training and education. This paper makes several recommendations that can improve acquisition leaders readiness to support LandCyber operations.

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  • Computer Systems Management and Standards
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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