Cyberspace Operations: Air Force Doctrine Document 3-12

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Cyberspace Operations: Air Force Doctrine Document 3-12


The Air Force Doctrine document provides information about cyber threats as well as how to implement cyber defense and preparedness. According to the Air Force, cyberspace operations is the employment of cyber capabilities. The primary purpose is to achieve objectives in or through cyberspace. The document provides contextual information by explaining cyberspace fundamentals, then moves into how the Air Force commands, controls and organizes its cyberspace forces. Essentially, the Air Force goes into detail about its cybersecurity plans. 

The Air Force Doctrine is only one military branch that is preparing for cyberwar. This official document gives a sense of how the military as a whole views the cyberwar threat. For the Air Force (and other brances), the cyber threat is large enough to put a great deal amount time, effort and resources into. 

This document is used in the Education Directory. History teachers may wish to use current military doctrine to compare/contrast a non-internet reliant military.  


July 15, 2010


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Secretary of the United States Air Force, "Cyberspace Operations: Air Force Doctrine Document 3-12," in Cyberwar Resources Guide, Item #103, (accessed November 30, 2021).