Air Force Cyber Strategy Offers New Life To Cyber Command

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Despite a planning delay, the Air Force Cyber Command still has a fighting chance of playing a central role in DoD cyber security, according to a recent report from INPUT, the authority on government business. Following a series of meetings to review the overall Air Force mission and to address leading challenges, Cyber Command was once again given the green light. However, it will be fulfilling its mission under the umbrella of the Air Force Space Command.

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The State of the Air Force Cyber Command.

Despite a planning delay, the Air Force Cyber Command still has a fighting chance of playing a central role in DoD cyber security, according to a recent report from INPUT, the authority on government business. Following a series of meetings to review the overall Air Force mission and to address leading challenges, Cyber Command was once again given the green light. However, it will be fulfilling its mission under the umbrella of the Air Force Space Command.

Prior to the recently announced decision to continue with Cyber Command, two other cyber dominance alternatives were being circulated: continue as planned, or create a joint cyber command led by the U.S. Strategic Command - which already addresses network attack and defense through the Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO). Although the Air Force will stand up Cyber Command under its Space Command, coordination with the U.S. Strategic Command will be critical in creating a comprehensive cyber strategy across DoD.

"Following some of the public Air Force missteps this year - the mishandling of nuclear weapons and the tanker protest - it seems reasonable that Air Force leadership took a broader, more strategic look at how they will address cyber security," stated Deniece Peterson, principal analyst, industry analysis at INPUT. "Now that Cyber Command is back on track, it will be interesting to see what role the command will play in an overall DoD cyber strategy."

While Cyber Command regains its momentum, Peterson recommends that federal contractors start building up past performance credentials in information security and assurance, and become active in

some of the ongoing R&D efforts being conducted by the Air Force. "The requests coming out of the Air Force Research Laboratory are a goldmine in terms of identifying the specific types of security solutions the Air Force needs," stated Peterson.

These findings and others were released in an INPUT Industry Insight Report, "The State of the Air Force Cyber Command." More details are available at http://www.input.com/corp/library/detail.cfm?ItemID=7535&cmp=OTC-mrairforcecomii101308.

Editor's Note: To speak with the report author regarding this release, please contact Helena Brito at hbrito@input.com or 703-707-4161.

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