Accession Number:

AD1041072

Title:

Citizen 'Cyber' Airmen: Maintaining Ready and Proficient Cyberspace Operators in the Reserve Components

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2016-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

49.0

Abstract:

The Department of Defense DOD steadily works to meet the U.S. governments increasing demand for cyberspace defense and cybersecurity with a strategy of objectives to defend its network of critical infrastructure against its adversaries. Of the strategy of objectives, the Reserve Components RC have been levied as a resource for expertise and to foster creative solutions to cybersecurity problems.The purpose of the paper is to help improve the Air Forces strategy to recruit, train, and retain highly qualified cyberspace operations personnel in the RCs. The paper employs an evaluation methodology in order to determine whether current Air Force training methodologies are sufficient enough to maintain proficient and ready RC personnel for DODs cyber defense posture. Among its key findings are challenges in recruiting and retaining highly trained and qualified personnel to serve in the Air Force RCs current proficiency training requirements that require a considerable amount of time to complete, and the civilian life, military work imbalance for RC cyber personnel. Its key recommendations include offering similar incentives to RC cyber personnel just like ones offered to Active Duty personnel and Air Force pilots, provide flexible training schedules, short-duration activations, and leveraging civilian educational institutions for maintaining training requirements

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Systems Management and Standards
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE