Training Cyber Forces without Warfighting

ABSTRACT

Collective and individual training for military cyber operations poses challenges not faced by industry, academia, or other governmental areas. The warfighting mission comes with unique issues scarcely dealt with by the modern United States, such as foreign attacks taking place on United States’ infrastructure. As a result, there are limited existing processes to draw upon. Effective training is further hampered by lack of operational experience. This paper discusses the challenges of gaining experience in cyber operations, explores several avenues for obtaining real-world operational experience outside of warfare, and considers the applicability of those operational scenarios to training.


AUTHORS

Cyber National Mission ForceUnited States Cyber Command

Thomas S. (Tom) Walcott is the Technical Director, Cyber National Mission Force, U.S. Cyber Command. He provides technical leadership and recommendations to the Commander, Cyber National Mission Force. He has a background in computer security, with experience in both intrusion detection and forensics. Dr. Walcott has a B.A. in Computer Science and Creative Writing from Beloit College; an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis; and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis.

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Keywords

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C2
C2S
CDX
CIA
CIP
CPS

D

DNS
DoD
DoS

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IA
ICS

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SOA

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