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July 29, 2021 Cyber LITE Capstone Maj General (Ret) Patrick Higby


  The Challenge of Educating the Military on Cyber Strategy

Adm (ret) Mark Montgomery and others of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission feature AF Cyber College in a commentary about cyber strategy education in War on the Rocks. The authors state “each of the services should be offering significant programs in cyber strategy at their war colleges. The Air Force Cyber College sets a strong example of what this could look like.” The article labels the AFCC, NPS and CIC “as exemplars in the professional military education system [that] should be enhanced and institutionalized, so they are not at risk with each change of command or changes in leadership at the national level.”


  AFITC Call for Presenters

AFITC 2021 is back in-person this year and will bring together information technology professionals, cyber professionals, Air War College/Air Command and Staff College students and academicians, decision makers, users, providers, program managers, requirements generators, contracting officers, acquisition managers, and finance managers for three days in Montgomery, AL.



Cyber LITE Col Bosko  Cyber LITE (Language Intensive Training Event)

Col. David Bosko, commandant, Air Force Cyber College, leads a discussion with Air Force and Space Force Language Enabled Airmen Program scholars attending the Cyber Language Intensive Training Event course, July 22, 2021, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Cyber LITE is a strategic competition course co-sponsored by the Air Force Culture and Language Center and Air Force Cyber College for advanced language proficiency LEAP scholars who have career-related ties to cyber operations or an academic background in cyber studies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Melanie Rodgers Cox)




The Hidden Costs of Cybercirme

The Hidden Costs of Cybercrime
  Jessica “Zhanna” Malekos Smith, J.D., AFCC

Since 2018, we estimated that the cost of global cybercrime reached over $1 trillion.

We estimated the monetary loss from cybercrime at approximately $945 billion. Added to this was global spending on cybersecurity, which was expected to exceed $145 billion in 2020. Today, this is $1 trillion dollar drag on the global economy.

This is our fourth report on the cost of cybercrime. Our reports surveyed publicly available information on national losses, and in a few cases, we used data from not-for-attribution interviews with cybersecurity officials. Our 2018 report found that cybercrime cost the global economy more than $600 billion. Our new estimate suggests a more than 50% increase in two years.


Why Mpt a Space Force? Image Why Not a Space Force? Cautions of Organizational Re-design
Col Kevin L. Parker, USAF

The granting of independence to the U.S. Air Force in 1947 and the establishment of U.S. Special Operations Command in 1987 share striking similarities with the Space Force debate in terms of the general security environment and the specific re-organizing proposals. In each case, unique mission sets were differentiated at the highest levels — that is, they were insulated from outside control and elevated within the organization. Space Force could be the next success story to follow this pattern, but organizational design theory and historical experience provide a few cautions regarding growth of headquarters staffs, eased access to senior leaders, resistance to integration, and unmanageable span of control. The benefits of a Space Force, either as its own department or as more modestly proposed by the president’s directive, may well outweigh these cautions, but they deserve careful consideration and attention to potential mitigating strategies.


Deception and Fake News Image Fake News and Information Warfare: An Examination of the Political and Psychological Processes
From the Digital Sphere to the Real World
Dr. Karen Guttieri, AFCC

Fake news—false information passed off as factual—is an effective weapon in the information age. For instance, the Russian government perfected techniques used in its 2007 Estonian and 2008 Georgian cyber campaigns to support Donald Trump’s successful candidacy in the 2016 United States presidential election. In this chapter, the authors examine fake news and Russia’s cyberwarfare efforts across time as case studies of information warfare. The chapter identifies key terms and reviews extant political science and psychological research related to obtaining an understanding of psychological cyber warfare (“psywar”) through the proliferation of fake news. Specifically, the authors suggest that there are social, contextual, and individual factors that contribute to the spread and influence of fake news and review these factors in this chapter.

Guadagno, R.E. and Guttieri, K., “Fake News and Information Warfare,” Handbook of Research on Deception, Fake News, and Misinformation Online, Innocent E. Chiluwa and Sergei A. Samoilenko, eds. June 2019: 167-191.


Mathematization Not Measurement Image Mathematization, Not Measurement: A Critique of Stevens’ Scales of Measurement
Dr. Melissa A. Thomas, AFCC

In the early 1900s, physics was the archetypical science and measurement was equated with mathematization to real numbers. To enable the use of mathematics to draw empirical conclusions about psychological data, which was often ordinal, Stevens redefined measurement as “the assignment of numerals to objects and events according to a rule.” He defined four scales of measurement (nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio) and set out criteria for the permissible statistical tests to be used with each. Stevens' scales of measurement are still widely used in data analysis in the social sciences. They were revolutionary but flawed, leading to ongoing debate about the permissibility of the use of different statistical tests on different scales of data. Stevens implicitly assumed measurement involved mapping to real numbers. Rather than rely on Stevens' scales, researchers should demonstrate the mathematical properties of their data and map to analogous number sets, making claims regarding mathematization explicit, defending them with evidence, and using only those operations that are defined for that set.


Cyber Realpolitik Image Cyber Realpolitik
James Dever, M.A, J.D, AFCC

State-on-state conflict governed by generally clear rules of engagement was the predominant mode of warfare in the mid-twentieth century. Now, almost two decades into the post-9/11 world, state and non-state actors, transnational terrorists, and cyber operators thrive in twilight zones of domestic and international law. The past few years carry signs of troubles to come. Transnational terrorism, struck down in certain areas, but emboldened by twenty years of muddled U.S. and Allied counterterrorism policy, threatens again to break out of its Middle Eastern base. China is stealing U.S. trade secrets at a rate beyond alarming and forcing American companies to work inside China or forfeit profitable trade deals. Russia, a shadow of what it once was during the height of the Soviet Union, now seeks to project strength through information warfare against the West.


Conceptual Framework Image

A Conceptual Framework for Defense Acquisition Decision Makers: Giving the Schedule its Due
Dr. Chad L. Dacus, AFCC


Conceptual models based on economic and operations research principles can yield valuable insight into defense acquisition decisions. This article focuses on models that place varying degrees of emphasis on each objective of the defense acquisition system: cost (low cost), schedule (short cycle times), and performance (high system performance). The most appealing conceptual model is chosen, which the authors posit that, if adopted, would lead to shifts in priorities that could facilitate better outcomes, as empirical results. Finally, several policy prescriptions implied by the model are briefly explored.


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