Accession Number:

ADA626419

Title:

From Conception to Birth: The Forces Responsible for AFCyber's Evolution

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2014-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

105.0

Abstract:

In 2005, SECAF Wynne and CSAF General Moseley acknowledged the growing threat to national security posed through the cyber domain and recognized the need for the USAF to embrace the still-chaotic world of cyber. After amending the USAF Mission Statement in 2005, he tasked Lieutenant General Robert Elder, 8 AFCC, to devise an organizational structure for a cyber-focused Major Command MAJCOM. Some outside the service perceived this as a mission grab by the USAF, while others within the Air Force questioned the decision to create a Major Command focused on the cyber domain. Lt Gen Elder successfully built an on-ramp for the new MAJCOM, but an organizational crisis resulted in the creation of a cyber-focused Numbered Air Force rather than a cyber-focused Major Command. After this change, Lt Gen Elder and Major General William Lord AFCYBERs Provisional Commander hired a team to develop how cyber operations would contribute in concept and execution toward joint operations. This thesis describes in unprecedented detail the evolution of AFCYBER, identifies the USAF s response to the bureaucratic challenges, and assesses the organizational response to the sweeping SECAF-directed changes.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE