The Clarkson University Department of Aerospace Studies is changing its name. Lieutenant Colonel Wes Nims, department chair, says the department will now be known as the Department of Air, Space, and Cyberspace Studies. This change fully recognizes the current domains in which the United States Air Force operates and its current mission to fly, fight and win in air, space, and cyberspace.
Historically, the Air Force operated primarily in the Aerospace domain. However, over the last decade-plus, the cyberspace domain has seen a dramatic growth and the Air Force is increasingly responsible for operating in and defending the nation against external and internal threats in this space. The Air Force also has Air Force Cyberspace Defense weapon systems that can prevent, detect, and respond to network intrusions and Cyberspace Vulnerability Assessment/Hunter weapon systems that can perform operations worldwide.
Cadets and students who take the courses offered by the department will learn how the Air Force operates in cyberspace as well as in air and space. Additionally, the ROTC cadets have opportunities to visit Air Force bases to see cyberspace operations in action and compete for various research and operations internship programs.
The Air Force is increasing its requirements for new officers in the career field known as the Cyberspace Operations Officer. Interested students can view the following link for more information on that career field: https://www.airforce.com/careers/detail/cyberspace-operations-officer