Cyberspace Integration within the Air Operations Center
Graduate research project 15 Jun 2012-14 Jun 2013
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The Air and Space Operations Center AOC is the United States Air Forces operational command and control C2 platform for the planning and execution of Air, Space, and Cyber operations. Operational C2 of cyber forces is a significant challenge that impacts the planning and integration of cyber operations at the AOC. The Joint Staffs Transitional Cyberspace C2 Concept of Operations, released in March 2012, provides a cyber C2 framework at the Geographical and Functional Combatant Command level, but it is not clear yet how Air Force AOCs will work together to meet the requirements of the CONOPS or conduct cyber planning to support the needs of the Joint Force Air Component Commander. This paper summarizes the results of a mission analysis to identify the roles and responsibilities for cyber operations within the AOC, separating them from traditional J6A6 responsibilities. Additionally, the Joint Staff CONOPS calls for significant reach back for planning, expertise, and potential execution of cyber capabilities as such, the paper provides a discussion on how to facilitate globally linked, interoperable AOCs for cyber planning and execution.