Accession Number:



Self-Development for Cyber Warriors

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:


Report Date:


Pagination or Media Count:



Aggressive self-development is a critical task for the cyber warfare professional. No matter the quality, formal training and education programs age poorly when facing the relentless advance of technology and agile adversaries. Self-development serves as a continuous complement to formal training and fosters the currency and depth of expertise a world class cyber workforce demands. Our purpose with this paper is to help each of us, beginner or expert, identify our own personal strengths and weaknesses, and employ time-tested ways for filling the gap between what we know and what we should know. The article is divided into the following sections Key Categories of Cyber Expertise Self-Development and Lifetime Learning Professional Reading Books and Science Fiction Technology and Cyber-Related Magazines and Blogs Specific Cyber Warfare Journal and Magazine Articles Key Documents on Cyber Doctrine, Policy, and Law Professional Societies and Local Gatherings Academic, Military, Government, and Hacker Cyber Security Conferences Videos and Podcasts Cyber Domain Movies Sources for Training, Education, and Certification and Other Ideas for Gaining Expertise in the Cyber Domain. The article also includes tailored self-development roadmaps for five Military Occupational Specialties a signals intelligence Colonel O6, a field grade army automator O4, a field grade combat arms officer O5, a senior enlisted intelligence analyst E7, and a field grade JAG Corps Attorney O4. Each example contains assumptions about the service members prior background and experiences. The approach should generalize well and can be tailored to Enlisted, Warrant Officer, and Officer ranks of differing backgrounds and branches of service. The article concludes with a table showing the strengths and weaknesses of the major donor career fields to the cyber workforce, and a Self-Assessment of Cyber Domain Expertise for readers who wish to assess their own cyber warfare expertise.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Computer Systems Management and Standards
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement: