Developing the next generation of cyberspace defense operators is an urgent national need. CAP members are rising to the challenge through self-study, classroom lessons and activities, competitions, and week-long career exploration academies. Visit the CAP Cyber Missions website for the details on all educational opportunities.
Check out the announcement (PPTX) of the partnership between Cisco Networking Academy and CAP!
Civil Air Patrol has partnered with Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad) to make cybersecurity support, training and curriculum resources available for free to all 55,000 CAP members. The first cohort of classes open 17 January 2021; visit the NetAcad page for more information.
The partnership with Cisco was announced at CAP’s recent 2020 National Conference to benefit CAP cadets, many of whom are already involved in cyber defense education and competition, and also generate excitement among senior members interested in cybersecurity.
“I am excited to bring NetAcad to CAP members, as it will give them an opportunity to learn cybersecurity, networking and other skills that can be tied with their work in CAP and in industry,” said Sara Shreve, Cisco corporate social responsibility manager. “NetAcad provides foundational knowledge that accelerates one’s ability to find a career or upgrade their current skillset. I have personally seen this become a reality for many students.”
Read the full story on this exciting partnership!
Civil Air Patrol offers numerous opportunities for cyber education for our cadets.
Cyber Badge Program
To encourage cadet participation in CAP’s cyber education programs, cadets may earn the Cadet Cyber Badge which recognizes a cadet's dedication to cyber education. To learn more, download the pamphlet (PDF) and use the tracking log (XLSX) to keep track of the cadet's progress in the program.
CAP National Cyber Academy
The CAP National Cyber Academy (CNCA), the summer cyber NCSA, integrates cyber security certification standards into career exploration courses and dovetails with the Cadet Program Cyber Module which is in production. The CNCA hosts two courses, Cyber Ops Fundamentals and Cyberspace Networking, at two locations - Texas-area and Virginia-area. Exact dates and locations for 2021 will be coming later on this year.
Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Academy
The CAP Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Academy provides a place for cadets to grow their knowledge of Windows and Linux operating systems, networking, cybersecurity careers, cybersecurity defense techniques, and leadership—while having some fun in the process! Cadets will become stronger CyberPatriot competitors, with sharper leadership and teamwork skills, and will learn about future education and career options.
Air Force Association CyberCamps
The Air Force Association has CyberCamps through the summer for groups to introduce students to cyber security concepts and prepare them for their first CyberPatriot competition. They have a standard camp as well as an advanced camp. The standard camp is for students and cadets who have no previous cyber security or CyberPatriot experience while the advanced camp is for students who have some experience and want to learn additional concepts. NHQ will be sponsoring AFA CyberCamps in 2021; details will be released spring 2021.
CyberPatriot puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period. The top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.
Introduction to Cyber Security - Activity Guide
The Introduction to Cyber Security activity guide introduces cadets to the cyber domain. Topics include codes, ciphers, and encryption; basic defense skills; basic probing skills; cyber organization profiles; cyber domain history; and more. The activity guide may be implemented as a squadron activity or a self-study activity for individual cadets.
- Audience: Cadet class or individual cadets of any grade
- Format: Classroom lectures, activities, readings, and quizzes
- Resource: PDF activity guide
Encampment Module: Introduction to the Cyber Domain
The encampment program's aerospace education block has five main components which includes the Introduction to Cyber Domain (PDF) 60-minute instructional block.
Aerospace Dimensions Cyber Lesson
In development currently, the new Aerospace Dimensions cyber module will be added the requirements for all cadet airmen and cadet non-commissioned officers to complete before they may earn the Billy Mitchell Award. The Cyber Lesson (a.k.a Module 7) will be added to the existing Aerospace Dimension modules, thus removing the "no requirement" for Aerospace as noted currently for Achievement 8.
Cyber Programs Staff
Contact specific Cyber Programs staff via their email addresses below or reach out to email@example.com.
Col Brett Dolnick
|National Cyber Mission Leader||Mr. John Salvador|
Lt Col Paul Creed III
|National Cyber Mission Deputy for Education & Awareness||Col Brett Dolnick|
|Lt Col Jeffrey Thomas
|National Cyber Mission Deputy for Cyber Operations||Col Brett Dolnick|
|Lt Col Bryan Pettigrew
|National Cyber Mission Deputy for Mission Support||Col Brett Dolnick|
|Maj William Blatchley
|Deputy Coordinator for Training||Lt Col Paul Creed III|
|2nd Lt Brian Lynch, CAP
|Field Liaison, Education & Awareness||Lt Col Paul Creed III|
|Maj Michael Dunn
|Cyber Curriculum Specialist||Maj Bill Blatchley|
|Maj George Davis
|Cadet Cyber Events Coordinator||Lt Col Paul Creed III|
|Lt Col Joseph Zachariah
|Special Projects/Liaison with 33rd NWS||Lt Col Paul Creed III|
|Lt Col CJ Muncy
|Special Projects||Lt Col Bryan Pettigrew|
|Maj Jacob Bixler
|PA Liaison||Lt Col Bryan Pettigrew|
|Lt Col Jeff Morris
|NCR Cyber Officer|
|Maj Derek Rustvold
|MAR Cyber Officer|
|Maj Shannon Brumfield
|SER Cyber Officer|
|Vacant||NER Cyber Officer|
|Vacant||SWR Cyber Officer|
|Vacant||PCR Cyber Officer|
|Lt Col Gene Packer
|RMR Cyber Officer|
|Maj Ryan Stalets
|Illinois Wing Cyber Officer||Lt Col Paul Creed III|
|Capt Sharon Howarth
|Kentucky Wing Cyber Officer||Lt Col Paul Creed III|
|Capt Stan Kowalski
|Michigan Wing Cyber Officer / GLR Cyber Academy Director||Lt Col Paul Creed III|
|Lt Col Michael Sidman
|Ohio Wing Cyber Officer / Cyber Instructor||Lt Col Paul Creed III|
|Lt Col Jeff Thomas
|Wisconsin Wing Cyber Officer||Lt Col Paul Creed III|
|Maj Paul Ault
|Kentucky Wing Aerospace Officer||Lt Col Paul Creed III|
|Capt Chuck Milam
|Cyber Instructor||Lt Col Paul Creed III|
|Maj Charlene Garcia
|Florida Wing Cyber Officer (de facto)||Maj Shannon Brumfield|
|1st Lt Heath Barker
|Tennessee Wing Cyber Officer (de facto)||Maj Shannon Brumfield|
|Capt Roy Vestal
|MAR Assistant Cyber Officer||Maj Derek Rustvold|
|SMSgt Jared Mast
|Virginia Cyber Officer / Cyber NCSA AD||Maj Derek Rustvold|
Lt Col Paul Selig
|South Carolina Cyber Officer||Maj Derek Rustvold|
|Capt Omar Khouri
|North Carolina Cyber Officer||Maj Derek Rustvold|
1st Lt Joshua Klosterman
|Special Projects||Maj Derek Rustvold|
Lt Col Don Ells
|Maryland Cyber Officer||Maj Derek Rustvold|
Lt Col Sean McClanahan
|Delaware Cyber Officer||Maj Derek Rustvold|
2nd Lt Anthony Hanners
|West Virginia Cyber Officer||Maj Derek Rustvold|
Capt Roland Wright
|National Capital Cyber Officer||Maj Derek Rustvold|
|Capt Anthony Plattsmier
|Texas Wing Cyber Officer (de facto) Cyber NCSA Activity Director||Maj George Davis|