Cyberspace Operations: Air Force Doctrine Document 3-12, 15 July 2010 - Incorporating Change 1, 30 November 2011   [open pdf - 604KB]

"This interim change reflects updates in national guidance, command relationships, and force presentation. The more significant changes are found in Chapter Two. Updates reflect USSTRATCOM [United States Strategic Command] delegation of OPCON [Operational Control] to USCYBERCOM [United States Cyber Command] (page 20), full operational status of the 624th Operations Center (page 24), normalization of AF [Air Force] cyberspace liaison deployments to theater staffs (page 26), and establishment of the terms "AFCYBER" identifying the 24th Air Force as the Service element to USSTRATCOM (page 21) and "AF cyber tasking order" identifying the CTO [Cyber Tasking Order] as a standard tasking product analogous to an air tasking order (page 30). Lastly, this interim change reflects a more current listing of policy and doctrine in Appendix B and in the References section, and it updates terms and definitions in the Glossary. [...] Today, we live in a globally-networked society that is increasingly dependent upon cyberspace access and security. Our ability to gain and maintain superiority in cyberspace has become essential to our ability to deliver global reach, power, and vigilance. As an integral member of the joint warfighting team, the Air Force is committed to growing, sustaining, and presenting highly skilled and well-equipped forces to joint force commanders who can deliver decisive effects in, from, and through cyberspace, 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 fundamental prerequisite to effective operations across the range of military operations. While we appreciate the power that cyber-enabled capabilities add, we also maintain a healthy respect for the asymmetric power that cyberspace affords our adversaries. We must maintain a constant commitment to educate, train, and equip our Airman to prevail in the contested domain of cyberspace."

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