The United States Air Force (USAF) has revealed a new program to secure Cyberspace Warfare Operations Capabilities (CWOC).
Security firm Kaspersky Lab reports that the USAF now calls for contractors to present concept papers for tech demos of aggressive CWOC.
Its request attempts CWOC in subjects that include cyberspace warfare attack and support.
The USAF defines these offensive abilities as a way to “destroy, deny, degrade, disrupt, deceive, corrupt, or usurp” the enemy’s power to exploit cyberspace.
The request seeks support that involves activities under direct control of an operational commander to search for, intercept, identify, and locate sources of vulnerability for immediate threat recognition, targeting, planning, and conduct of future operations in cyberspace.
“Cyberspace Warfare Support provides information required for the immediate decisions involving CWO. Cyberspace Warfare Support data can be used to produce intelligence, or provide targeting for electronic or destructive attack,” it added.
The petition also looks for “situational awareness capabilities that give an operator near real-time effectiveness feedback in a form that is readily observed by the operator” and enters details to explain further.
The USAF cyber warfare program could reach up to hundreds of billions of dollars in payouts to regular defense contractors.
The USAF has a major command called the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) that extends its operations to deep space.
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