Every Air Force core mission is impacted and connected by cyber operations. In response, the service has created the Cyber Squadron Initiative. The initiative trains small teams from existing manpower that focus on defensive cyber operations of Air Force weapons systems. Currently, 15 initial cyber squadrons — called pathfinder units — have been organized, trained and equipped. They are being joined by 30 new pathfinder units that were recently announced and have already begun training. An updated program action directive and Air Force policy are scheduled to be implemented this year, with funding for new training in cyber school houses for officer, civilian and enlisted in fiscal year 2018. Implementation of all changes is expected by 2026.
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