Cyberspace Operations Doctrine: Signed, Sealed, Delivered



by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Stoltz
Air University Public Affairs


10/12/2010 - MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- The LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education approved and published the newly developed Air Force Doctrine Document (AFDD) 3-12, Cyberspace Operations.

Maj. Gen. David S. Fadok, Commander, LeMay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, said cyberspace operations are critical to effective operations across the range of military operations.

"The Air Force is a key member on the joint warfighting team and is dedicated to developing and presenting highly skilled forces to joint force commanders who can deliver decisive effects in, from, and through cyberspace," said Maj. Gen. Fadok.

The doctrine outlines USAF cyberspace operations and its importance. A few items discussed in the new doctrine include: cyberspace fundamentals, command and organization information, and the design, planning, execution and assessment process.

The document also defines cyberspace operations as the employment of cyber capabilities, where the primary purpose is to achieve objectives in or through cyberspace. Such operations include: computer network operations and activities to operate and defend the global information grid. The global information grid includes owned and leased communications and computing systems and services, software (including applications), data, security services, other associated services and National Security Systems.

"Today, our society relies on technology and cyberspace more than ever, and this medium must be secure," said Maj. Gen. Fadok. "The joint warfighting team, including the Air Force, must lead the way in cyberspace to ensure we maintain a distinct advantage over our adversaries in this contested domain."

For more information on AFDD 3-12, visit the LeMay Center's Community of Practice or visit the LeMay Center's website.