Accession Number:

ADA522705

Title:

Cyberspace Dependence in Air Force Flying Squadrons and its Effect on Mission Assurance

Descriptive Note:

Graduate research project

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

87.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this research is to analyze the effects of cyberspace dependence in Air Force flying squadrons. The use of information technology IT in the workplace continues to transform the way squadrons conduct operations. While IT enables processes and capabilities, it also adds complexity and vulnerabilities. Therefore, airmen are required to have a higher technical aptitude as well increased awareness of their roles and responsibilities as routine operators of IT systems. This research focuses on exploring these issues and solutions at the squadron level. In order to mitigate dependence on cyberspace at the unit level, the Air Force must address three key issues-- squadron culture, squadron organization, and barriers to communication among key actors. Todays Air Force culture fails to stress the importance of computers and networks in daily operations. Current organization in Air Force units provides no central coordination authority for cyber related issues. These problems are just a couple of the reasons that many barriers exist which prevent effective communication between network administrators and end users. Based on an in depth analysis of these issues, this research provides a framework for cultural and organizational change.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE