The Air Force Cyber College’s Cyber Research Task Force (CRTF) seeks ACSC and AWC students from a variety of backgrounds with TS/SCI clearances to help create the cyber force of the future. Our approach to helping students satisfy research requirements for graduation is truly collaborative: combining classified instruction in current cyber topics, interaction with military and civilian leaders and scholars through field trips and SVTCs, and integrated classroom activities that walk students through the research and writing process .
We anticipate group field trips to New York (AFRL Labs, Google, NY Cyber Command, and Citi, for example) and Washington, DC (NSC, OSD, USCC/NSA, etc.), and individual research trips for select students. The CRTF’s SCIF is equipped with a suite of SIPR and JWICS stations to facilitate those students who seek to conduct classified research and collaboration. In addition, faculty expertise to help you succeed in your research is not in short supply, as the Air Force Cyber College boasts civilian and military faculty members specializing in various cyber research.
The Air Combat Command sponsors the RTF and its 2020-21 research theme of “Building the Cyber Force of 2030.” Students will have the opportunity to explore and write on all facets of the Nation’s needs for cyber capabilities – the technology, forces, leaders, strategy, policy, Mil-Civ relationships, etc., are just a few of the possible areas. At the end of the year students will present their work to senior Air Force and OSD leaders. Previous student research has influenced key leaders into taking action – will your ideas be the next ones they act on?
All AFSCs are encouraged to apply. Although some exposure to cyber (either academic or professional) is helpful, what is most important is having a keen interest and an inquisitive mind.