Battlefield of the Future: How to Achieve Superiority in the Cyberspace Domain
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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The Cyberspace Domain is a relatively new and complex domain that interfaces with the other domains of air, land, sea, and space. The Department of Defense DOD released an introductory Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace in 2011, followed by an updated and more robust DOD Cyber Strategy in 2015. There are obvious shortcomings to both strategies therefore this paper proposes how a revision of the current DOD cyber strategy will achieve an advantage against existing and near-term cyber threats. In order to assess what changes are necessary to achieve the kind of superiority contemplated by this paper, the following methodology is employed the 2015 DOD cyber strategy is compared to the 2011 DOD cyber strategy recommendations are made to show how the update is pertinent to the existing cyber posture. Key recommendations of the paper include how to identify and counter supply chain threats, as well as a strategy to define a cyber risk management plan that adheres to a set of standards put forth by the government. The paper recognizes a lack of private sector accountability and identifies how the DOD can assist the private sector and enforce accountability. The paper also endorses improvements to the rapid cyber acquisition cyber process and suggests how the DOD can improve the development and retention of an adequate cyber workforce.
- Computer Systems