The ability to make and execute timely and effective decisions has been the foundation of military success for millennia. In the next decade, however, Combined Force Air Component Commanders (CFACC) planning, decision, and execution (PDE) cycles will be confronted by unprecedented challenges emerging in the constantly evolving digital ecosystem. The era of unrivaled access to the electromagnetic spectrum and dominance in multiple domains is rapidly coming to a close for the US airpower. As more and more state and non-state actors gain access to advanced technology, the CFACC’s PDE cycles will transition from an observe, orient, decide, act (OODA) loop to an OODA point. This phenomenon will also have a significant influence on the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) measures necessary to shape and execute preplanned and emergent decisions in contested operational environments. One way of mitigating these nascent vulnerabilities is to develop a deliberate framework of operational design focused on airpower to provide a proactive form of vision for future CFACCs.Read more
The culture of the Air Force is defined from the mission statement; to fly, fight, and win in air, space, and cyberspace. Air has always been the first domain in the mission and the main focus of the Air Force. Considering this cultural mindset, the other two domains in the mission statement will not receive the attention they need until the culture is changed.Read more
Warfare in the information age is rapidly becoming the cornerstone to the JFC’s scheme of maneuver. The AF needs to take a hard look at how cyber forces are organized, trained, and equipped for the future fight.Read more
Cyberspace operations lack specified mission types and core activities to meet the Joint Force Commander’s desired outcomes. In order to give maneuverability back to the joint warfighter the DoD must recognize this paradigm shift within cyber and pair core activities with mission types.Read more
The Air Force should abandon its crusade for primacy outside of the Air Domain and instead advocate for Theater Cyber and Space Component Commands, under their respective Combatant CommandsRead more
The US has a problem on her hands, and the emerging answers fail to address the real problem. While militaryRead more
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The multi domain aspect will never be what we want it to be without the synchronization required to integrate allRead more
USCYBERCOM presents an opportunity to effectively implement human domain forces in a high-threat, resource constrained environment. Estimated Reading Time: 5Read more
Cognitive computing may have significant implications for future cyber and multi-domain operations.Read more
What are the US options if cyber deterrence is an intractable idea? Jake Bebber has a few ideas.Read more
In the future operating environment, to successfully deter and defeat our adversaries, we must better understand how the domains interact and their basic principles.Read more
Retired Lt Gen David Deptula shares his thoughts on the future of warfare-in particular, aerospace power in an age of uncertainty.Read more
Seventy years of American invulnerability to existential threats is coming to an end and Civilian and Military leaders will have to adapt.Read more
In OTH’s fourth podcast we examine the concept of cognitive warfare and what it means for the future security environment.Read more
The military does not create cyber culture, because it is not solely a military occupation.
By John Myers
This initial cyber cadre will eventually recruit, train, and grow more junior personnel as the program expands.
By John Myers
Utilizing cyberspace as a warfighting domain is still, however, in its infancy. It must evolve similar to how the utilization of the air domain evolved during the 20th century
By Joed Carbonell
The military cyber community lacks a solid culture to set the tone and expectations for how fusing cyber and kinetic operations should be conducted, central to enabling effective multi-domain operations.
By John Myers
Organizational culture is central to how a group performs … or fails to. It sets group norms, expectations, and valuesRead more
The United States Air Force’s definition of airpower is merely a description of all Air Force activities and is incorrect.
By Tom Flounders
Cyberspace is the key terrain of the present RMA because it connects the domains together, creating an integrated layer of joint-force effectiveness
By Brian Viola, Erica L. Fountain, and Michael C. Williams
An important lesson airpower’s evolution of thought regarding who is fit to fly aircraft can be applied to the cyberspace operations career field: the uniformed cyberspace operator does not necessarily have to be a computational genius.
By Katrina Schweiker