DESIGN PROBLEM


How might we create a cyberspace training model that is modular, flexible and responsive to meet rapid changes in cyberspace operation, threats, and cyberspace weapon system development?

The desired output was a modular, flexible, and responsive training program that can meet rapid operational changes.

Airmen collaborating at the Cyberworx event
 

Outcomes


The challenge of identifying a 21st Century Training Model for Cyber Warriors was endorsed by the Commanders of Air Force Space Command and Air Education and Training Command as a critical need for the Air Force.

34 participants from numerous Air Force units, academia, and industry partners came together to rethink how the Air Force does initial cyber skills training.

Leveraging this unique group, we discovered a much broader problem set that not only captured the challenges currently associated with the training plan, but also identified five overarching themes:

  • Talent Management
  • Asynchronous Training
  • Modularity
  • Career Field Participation
  • Recruiting

Proposed Solutions


VR/AR Recruiting: This technology speaks to the generation of cyber natives the Air Force is looking to recruit and ensures that recruits entering the cyber workforce clearly understand what life will be like, minimizing turnover from job dissatisfaction.

21st Century Career Tracker: A Talent Management System used by the Air Force provides airmen with the ability to view and log accomplished training and allow supervisors to identify the critical skills each airman possesses in order to meet mission needs.

Inverted classroom: Allows airmen to select the course work at a pace conducive to their individual learning style and in an order that makes sense to that person through asynchronous training and modularity.

Career Marketplace: Provides an online virtual environment for training that improves workforce capability by incentivizing airmen to continuously learn and share expertise.