The Cost of Cyber

The Air Force has made a concerted effort to protect its top priorities in its Fiscal 2013 budget request, said Secretary Michael Donley. “This is good news for Air Force cyber programs,” he said in his March 23 address at...

Building the Cyber Force

The Air Force will establish three new Total Force cyber units this year, said Secretary Michael Donley at AFA’s CyberFutures Conference outside of Washington, D.C. This includes an Air National Guard information operations squadron in Washington state, another one in...

Let the Machine do It

The Air Force has been lucky to operate in a relatively benign environment in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 10 years, but in the future, it must be able to operate in anti-access, area-denial environments that might be ripe...

Don’t Let it All Hang Out

Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vautrinot, 24th Air Force commander, called on members of industry to consider cyber needs and requirements as they design new platforms and weapon systems. Speaking at AFA’s CyberFutures Conference outside of Washington, D.C., on March 23, Vautrinot...

Cyber Touchdown

The Air Force is working to develop a “proactive” defense in cyberspace, where it can predict an adversary’s actions before they impact the network, said Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vautrinot, 24th Air Force commander. This is similar to a star quarterback’s...

Cyber Vision 2025

The Air Force is undertaking a comprehensive study of the shape and demands of its cyber mission through 2025, said Air Force Chief Scientist Mark Maybury. “The entire Air Force is engaged in this, this is not only a science...

Restart the Nerd Line

As the frequency of cyber attacks has mushroomed with growing network connectivity, the number of US students graduating in the last five years with computer engineering skills has plummeted, said Air Force Chief Scientist Mark Maybury. “In 2004, we produced...

Surveillance Satellite Nears Prime Time

The Air Force is nearly ready to declare that the Space Based Surveillance System, a satellite designed to look for and monitor space debris, is ready to commence operations, said Air Force Space Command chief Gen. William Shelton. Speaking to...

The ULA Nightmare Scenario

Air Force Space Command is searching for the “sweet spot” of rocket launches per year so that it can keep spacelift affordable and keep its principal vendor, United Launch Alliance, in the business, said AFSPC Commander Gen. William Shelton. He...

Safe Passage for All

Air Force Space Command’s chief wish out of the voluntary space code of conduct agreement that the United States is pursuing is “transparency,” Gen. William Shelton, AFSPC commander, told reporters in Washington, D.C., last week. With “73 trillion cubic miles”...

Held to a Higher Standard

The Air Force does not tolerate hazing in its ranks and expects every airman to act with dignity and respect to others throughout his/her entire career, CMSAF James Roy told lawmakers last week. “As our workforce is a sample of...