In this issue of the Journal of Cyber Security and Information Systems features the contributions of the scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Lab Information Directorate in Rome, NY. The Information Directorate is focused on Information Technology which holds the key for the future of battlespace command and control, situation awareness of who the enemy is, real-time knowledge of what is happening, and exploiting techniques to rapidly transfer critical information to the decision makers. Information superiority will allow warfighters to dominate and control battlespace – control that is essential to virtually all joint warfighting capabilities in the 21st Century .
The Information Directorate expands its workforce knowledge base through partnerships with academia, industry, and representing on scientific national and international working groups. In addition to expanding the knowledge base of its workforce, the Information Directorate is committed to growing future leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) by participating in local community STEM activities and providing summer internship opportunities, such as the Advanced Course in Engineering (ACE) summer internship that develops the next generation of cyber-security leaders, with a particular emphasis on educating future military leaders. The Information Directorate aims to lead the Air Force and the Nation in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) and Cyber Science, technology, research, and development .
The Information Directorate is a recognized leader in C4I and Cyber. In order to address the most critical C4I and Cyber needs of the Air Force, the Information Directorate has organized their science and technology portfolios into four Core Technical Competencies (CTCs) :
- Autonomy, Command and Control, and Decision Support
- Processing and Exploitation
- Cyber Science and Technology
- Connectivity and Dissemination
Autonomy, Command and Control, and Decision Support
The Autonomy, Command and Control (C2), and Decision Support CTC is inventing technologies to realize truly integrated, resilient, and robust command and control systems. The mission is to deliver innovative trusted, affordable information technologies for agile, resilient, and distributed Air Force command and control systems .
Processing and Exploitation
The Processing and Exploitation CTC provides the computing and algorithms behind transforming big data into information. The mission is to lead the discovery, development, and transition of all-source processing and exploitation innovations for the Air Force and Joint communications .
Cyber Science and Technology
The Cyber Science and Technology CTC is leveraging and shaping the cyber domain to the nation’s advantage. The mission is to design, develop and transition innovative cyber capabilities to the Air Force and Joint communities .
Connectivity and Dissemination
The Connectivity and Dissemination CTC is putting the right information into the right hands at the right time. The mission is to provide agile and secure mission-responsive communications and information sharing globally .
These CTCs have provided advanced research and transitioned technologies that are equipped with the capabilities to meet the operational needs of the Air Force and other military organizations. This issue will provide articles that explain the research and technology development that is occurring under each of these CTCs. In addition to, there is an article about the success and implementation the Information Directorate uses to develop junior employees to continue to push the envelope to lead, discover, develop, and deliver cutting edge research and technology to the 21st century warfighter.