Building Joint, Multi-Domain United States Air Force Cyberspace Operations Officers: A Comparative Analysis of United States Military Cyberspace Office Force Development Models
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB
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If the USAF cyberspace operations community desires to build joint, multidomain warfighting leaders, it should examine and integrate aspects of its sister-service force development models. Through a comparative analysis of the current US Air Force, US Army, and US Marine Corps cyberspace-related officer force development models, this thesis identifies how each service develops its officers to meet joint officer requirements, satisfy internal service institutional requirements, to be occupationally proficient, and to ultimately be joint leaders. The research finds that while all three services dedicate significant efforts to training cyberspace-related occupational competencies, the USMC and USA cyberspace officer force development models invest significantly more effort towards developing institutional competencies through training, education, and reinforcing duty experience. Based upon the assumption that the USMC and USA models produce more effective joint leaders, their developmental focus on institutional competencies serves as the primary difference compared to the USAF model. Thus, for the USAF cyberspace operations community to effectively develop joint, multidomain warfighting leaders, it must re-focus and re-balance career-field training and educational opportunities to resolve institutional competency gaps in USAF professional military education while deliberately reinforcing the competencies through deliberate, practical duty experience.
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