The U.S. Air Force (USAF) depends vitally on cyberspace to achieve its vision of global vigilance, global reach and global power. The dependence of the USAF on cyberspace operations varies with the stage of conflict. Global vigilance at peacetime requires persistent SA in all domains including mission and information assurance, and threat avoidance through deterrence and technology. Obtaining a global reach requires access to the battle space, survival and fighting through cyberspace attacks, as well as integrated planning of MEFs and their dependence on cyberspace. Global power calls for predominantly offensive combat operations, enabled through the delivery of precision effects in cyberspace, reliable effects assessment and automated response action. This talk presents a science and technology perspective on cyber operations within the focus necessary to operate in a contested cyber domain, and to assure critical military missions in land, sea, air and space against threats in cyberspace.
Kamal T. Jabbour, Ph.D., a member of the scientific and technical cadre of senior executives, is a senior scientist for information assurance of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Information Directorate in Rome, N.Y. He serves as the principal scientific authority and independent researcher in the field of information assurance, including defensive information warfare and offensive information warfare technology. He conceives, plans and advocates major research and development activities, monitors and guides the quality of scientific and technical resources, and provides expert technical consultation to other Air Force organizations, the Department of Defense and government agencies, as well as universities and industry. Jabbour began his professional career on the computer engineering faculty at Syracuse University, where he taught and conducted research for two decades, including a three-year term as department chairman. In 1999, he joined the Cyber Operations Branch at AFRL through the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, and transitioned gradually from academia to government.