Maj. Gen. David Senty, US Cyber Command’s chief of staff, said finding a “logical career track” for a “special operations-like career field” for the cyber domain is a top priority. These cyber commandos would be a “skilled, selected, distinctive cadre that can operate in cyberspace with the same hubris as our combat arms and operators do today,” said Senty at AFA’s CyberFutures Conference last week. Building such a cadre would require bringing together the various cyber career fields in each of the services and capitalizing on common threads that already exist today in how the Army uses its signals or communication personnel and how the Air Force utilizes IT skills. The next-generation cyber operators would have a background in intelligence, space operations, engineering, electronic warfare, combat arms, and, most importantly, planning. “Planners are our most fundamental function . . . because of the intricacies of cyber and the need to have that integrated at all phases of an operational plan,” he said during his April 1 presentation.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.