Today, we live in a globally-networked society that is increasingly dependentupon cyberspace access and security. Our ability to gain and maintain superiority incyberspace has become essential to our ability to deliver global reach, power, andvigilance. As an integral member of the joint warfighting team, the Air Force iscommitted to growing, sustaining, and presenting highly skilled and well-equippedforces to joint force commanders who can deliver decisive effects in, from, and throughcyberspace, while assuring our mission against an asymmetric cyber threat.Freedom of action in the cyberspace domain enables our command, control,communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities.Our modern defenses, industrial base, and global commerce, as well as that of our
nation’s enemies, depend on free use of land, sea, air, space
, and cyberspace.Leverage in cyberspace affords influence and control across all other domains. This
leverage increases our forces’ access, speed, reach, stealth, and precision
.Controlling the portions of cyberspace integral to our mission is a fundamentalprerequisite to effective operations across the range of military operations. While weappreciate the power that cyber-enabled capabilities add, we also maintain a healthyrespect for the asymmetric power that cyberspace affords our adversaries. We mustmaintain a constant commitment to educate, train, and equip our Airman to prevail inthe contested domain of cyberspace.In the past decade, technological advances have provided the means togenerate decisive and magnified effects in domains that traditionally could only beachieved via kinetic means. We must continually adapt our operating concepts toleverage emerging cyberspace capabilities to ensure the Air Force maintains thedecisive advantage over our adversaries.
MAURICE H. FORSYTHMajor General, USAFCommander, LeMay Center for DoctrineDevelopment and Education