Captain Matt Babcock: We are in a digital arms race. More than any other realm, cyber impacts our instruments of power: diplomacy, information, military, and economic. And that just continues to grow on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis.
Senior Master Sergeant Frances Perkins: Cyber is a field that really has no end. You’ve got cyber security. You’ve got cyber information. We talk a lot about Big Data now, and how to parse our information so we can find things faster.
Information Systems Technician 1st Class Ward: It’s always different, I think that’s the best part of it. The challenges will always be unique to whatever you are fixing that day.
Captain John Blalock: You know, something we’re focus on this week will be ancient history next week, and then there are other things that are more long-term and lasting.
Sergeant 1st Class Mariam Shakour: The way we look at information technology, we have to go everywhere. Let’s say, what we consider to be a warfighter, on the frontlines, then guess what? They’re going to need to communicate with individuals that are not on the frontlines. So, There have been situations where we will have to go to them. They need that. It’s life or death.
Captain Matt Babcock: You’ve got to be able to creatively problem solve which is what is fun about it. You get a lot of pride out of solving the tough problems that are out there.closeX
Careers in this field focus on strengthening cyber defenses for Military systems. Specialists in this area typically have strong math and critical thinking skills as well as proficiency with computers and computer networks. They serve to defend Military networks, protect U.S. interests against cyber attacks, and perform offensive cyber tactics in support of combat missions. There are a range of cyber positions among all Service branches, including the Reserve and Guard.
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Officer i Officers are the managers of the Military, planning and directing operations or acting in professional roles in fields such as law and medicine.
Enlisted i Enlisted service members make up the majority of the Military and perform much of the hands-on work.
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Military cyber positions provide rewarding career growth opportunities, including access to advanced training, higher education and exposure to exclusive technologies.
Captain Mark Babcock: One of the outstanding parts of this career field is that it is not static. And every day I come into work and I learn. No matter what your background is coming in, the courses and the way that they train us is very comprehensive and all-inclusive.
Commander Erica Dobbs: The military provides so many different venues to actually prepare you to actually be a cyber-warrior. Today, you’re studying one particular software or a malware, and then tomorrow, what you learn from that one, it may be something completely different.
Senior Master Sergeant Frances Perkins: Not only do you get trained to do a job such as cyber, but you also get paid to do it at the same time. In addition to that, you have the opportunity to get education. I’ve been blessed to get two Master’s Degrees, compliments of the Air Force, one in Information Technology Management and one in Cyber Intelligence.
Sergeant 1st Class Mariam Shakour: Coming from where I came from, I didn’t expect to do anything like this. We get opportunities for state-of-the-art training, fielding new equipment that the civilian workforce hasn’t even seen yet. it’s amazing. Opens your eyes to so many things we didn’t even think were possible.
Mission Critical Collaboration
The dynamic world of cyber requires collaboration between skilled individuals of many different backgrounds. When it comes to cyber, there really is strength in numbers.
Captain Andrew Williams: Cyber involves everything. There are so many different domains. It’s impossible to be a specialist in any one thing. Especially as an officer, you’re expected to be a generalist.
Captain John Blalack: There’s a lot of individual skill sets, a lot expertise across the floor. I’ve got to have intel to tell me about the threat and how prevalent it is. Then I’ve got to have the technical guy that can tell me how it is exploited on the network. So I rely on the relationships and the people that have those skills.
Sergeant 1st Class Mariam Shakour: To be a good leader in the cyber world, I think you really need to know who you work with. Those personalities make a difference, because they want to look to you to know that if they can’t do something, can you get them in the right direction to be able to do what they need to do for their job?
Captain Andrew Williams: Throughout my very short career so far, I’ve had the ability to work, not only with the Air Force, but other branches as well.
Commander Erica Dobbs: When you really pull back the layers on cyber, cyber is cyber. Everybody learns and train in the same environment.
Senior Master Sergeant Frances Perkins: It’s a lot of coordination, a lot of action, a lot of trying to get to the bottom of what is happening, where is it coming from, what’s going on as quickly as possible, allowing communications to never stop.
Captain Andrew Williams: We are employing some of the very first and only of its type cyber defense on the planet. To say, “This technique doesn’t exist. We’re going to make it,” I think is exciting.
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