VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, USAF deputy chief of staff for intelligence,
surveillance, and reconnaissance, and cyber effects operations, Brig.
Gen. Bradley Pyburn, Air Force director of cyberspace operations and
warfighter communications, Maj. Gen. Timothy Haugh, the nominee to
command the service's new information warfare unit, the 16th Air Force,
and David Brumley, computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon
University, appear at the AFA's 2019 Air, Space and Cyber Conference on Sept. 18, 2019. Staff
photo by Mike Tsukamoto.
The Air Force has released an infographic summarizing its “cyber flight plan”—a highly classified document outlining one of the four pillars the service plans to use to engage the nation’s adversaries in the grey zone of hybrid warfare.
According to the infographic, the flight plan lays out three “lines of effort” in cyber, as well as seven annexes, dealing with policy areas the authors believe require emphasis.
The three lines of effort are:
And that fight is going on right now, Lt. Gen. VeraLinn “Dash” Jamieson, the service’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, and cyber effects operations, whose shop produced the flight plan, told reporters at the AFA’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference on Sept 18.
“I’m not at peacetime,” she said.
“Right now, today, in the cyber domain, in information operations, I am not at peace. I am in persistent conflict” with Russia and other adversaries, like the Chinese, who are engaged in stealing US intellectual property, including by violating the trademarks of US companies, she said.
“We are in conflict today,” Jamieson said, outlining that cyberwarfare operations is one of the four pillars of the Air Force’s emerging information warfare doctrine—also visible in the service’s decision to merge the 24th and 25th Air Forces into the 16th.
“It’s math,” Jamieson said. “Information warfare equals cyber warfare plus electromagnetic warfare, plus information operations and ISR.” Jamieson’s office—designated as A2/6—produced the ISR flight plan last year, and is working on plans for electromagnetic warfare and information operations.
She said the plan was the result of “long, hard discussions” with other services. “We are really coming together to understand this non-kinetic capability” that America’s adversaries are deploying, “capabilities that don’t necessarily go boom,” she said.
The key for the new fight—laid out in the cyber flight plan—is combining those four pillars in “creative” ways, Jamieson said. “It isn’t the pieces, it’s integrating all of that.”
The two-page handout includes “A quick sentence on ... every element of the flight plan … at the unclassified level,” she explained. Classified versions of the document laid out greater detail, she said.
Brig. Gen. Bradley Pyburn, Air Force director of cyberspace operations and warfighter communications, outlined the seven annexes:
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