THE NEXT 18 YEARS IN THE ROYAL AIR FORCE (CYBERSPACE AND COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST)

 

Main points to focus on:

·         Computer assisted decision making

·         Problem solving in the future

·         Base specific cyber defence

 

In the next 18 years I believe computer assisted decision making, complex problem solving and cyber defence brought down to individual bases will become more apparent as the years go on.

 

COMPUTER ASSISTED DECISION MAKING (S1)

·         A fighter jets HUD (heads up display) in 10-15 years should be able to detect and display anything necessary about the enemy fighter jet therefore giving the pilot all information needed to be able to take that jet down.

·         Neural nets will be able to replicate human minds and will very soon be able to complete complex thinking tasks better than humans, focusing on the development of neural networks will be able to help plan keying in all factors and coming up with a result in less time that a human.

 

PROBLEM SOLVING IN THE FUTURE (S2)

·         A fighter jets HUD (heads up display) in 10-15 should be able to detect and display anything necessarily needed about the enemy fighter jet therefore giving the pilot all information needed to be able to take that jet down (Repeat frame S1)

·         Problems in the future may become so complex and human will not be able to complete the task in the time required.

 

BASE SPECIFIC CYBER DEFENCE (S3)

·         Having cyber teams on call in individual bases will increase response time and can help reduce the damage done if a critical attack is conducted.

·         Cyber teams on base can function as a multi task team able to conduct both security tasks as well as brief the importance of cyber savvy behaviour, decreasing the chance of human error.

 

Computer assisted Decision making and problem solving in the future

One day, and even now problems are becoming so hard to solve and so complex in their nature, the only things that can solve them will be computer devices such as super PCs and quantum computers. Even decisions that pilots have been making for years are getting higher in risk meaning $100 million jets can be lost over a wrong choice a fighter pilot makes in the air.

As seen now with the advanced radars and computers onboard these jets a pilot is having to make and focus on less and less as the ability to process becomes much easier. Imagine in 10-15 years a pilot can have information about an enemy’s fighter jet. Information like: its threat level, can it see/detect you, cyber threat, weapons on board and even more.

Neural networks and the focus on these areas will advance (or skyrocket) the reduction in time to make choices.

Base specific cyber defence

Different bases have different data to protect and as the years go the need to protect that data is getting bigger. Trying to protect all bases with one team can and will get overwhelming if the continued focus towards cyber defence is increased. As seen with previous attacks the response time key and having different teams ready to deal with attacks on sight will prove worth it when the time comes.

 

Cyber teams on base can function as multi task team able to conduct both security tasks as well as brief the importance of cyber savvy behaviour, decreasing the chance of human error. Passwords left on the sides of desks can be one of the most common ways to gain unauthorised entry into a system, so being briefed on this by a local team may be necessary in the future.