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The other quiet professionals: lessons for future cyber forces from the evolution of special forces

The other quiet professionals: lessons for future cyber forces from the evolution of special forces

Paul, Christopher, 1971- author; Axelband, Elliot, author; Porche, Isaac, 1968- author

"With the establishment of U.S. Cyber Command, the cyber force is gaining visibility and authority, but challenges remain, particularly in the areas of acquisition and personnel recruitment and career progression. A review of commonalities, similarities, and differences between the still-nascent U.S. cyber force and early U.S. special operations forces, conducted in 2010, offers salient lessons for the future direction of U.S. cyber forces"--Provided by publisher

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Published Santa Monica, California : RAND Corporation 2014

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Statement of responsibility: Christopher Paul, Isaac R. Porche III, Elliot Axelband
ISBN: 0833088025, 9780833059734, 9780833088024
Note: Print version record.
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (81 pages) : illustrations
Subject: Cyberspace Security measures United States Planning.; Computer networks Security measures United States Planning.; HISTORY Military Other.; Information warfare United States.; U.S. Special Operations Command History.; TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING Military Science.; United States. Strategic Command (2002- ). Cyber Command History.; Cyberterrorism United States Prevention Planning.
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  1. Introduction
  2. Special Operations Forces Before U.S. Special Operations Command
  3. The Transition to and Evolution of U.S. Special Operations Command
  4. Cyber Forces and U.S. Cyber Command
  5. Confirming the Analogy: How Alike Are Pre-U.S. Special Operations Command Forces and Contemporary Cyber Forces?
  6. Lessons for U.S. Cyber Forces from U.S. Special Operations Command Acquisitions
  7. Conclusions and Recommendations.