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This documented briefing addresses the kinds of capabilities the cyber force will be required to produce; how the cyber force should be distributed in Air Force organizations; the skills the cyber force should possess and how should they be distributed by military grade, civilian, contractor, and functional domains; and what kind of military specialty classification structure will lead to a viable, sustainable cyber force. The authors speculate about the kinds of skills the cyber force will need in the future when cyber capabilities will likely be fully integrated with air and space capabilities. Future air force cyber capabilities are expected to be used during peacetime, in conjunction with other government agencies, and in different forms of warfare. These applications will require Air Force cyber personnel to develop a broad set of technical, legal, organizational, and operational skills.

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