by Tech. Sgt. Chyenne A. Adams
Air Force District of Washington Public Affairs
9/26/2012 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force's top scientist presented the service's science, technology, engineering and mathematics developments here Sept. 18 at the Air Force Association's 2012 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition.
Dr. Mark T. Maybury, the Air Force's 33rd chief scientist, also pointed to the Air Force's new Cyber Vision 2025 document.
"(Cyber Vision 2025) shares compellingly why STEM is so important to our fight," Maybury said. "There is not a domain in the Air Force ... or any military war fighting mission, that doesn't rely on space and cyber."
The document, Maybury explained, directly connects current national strategy and enduring principles with future trends and challenges; focusing on cyber as a domain, and air and space command and control functions within that cyber domain.
According to Maybury, it ultimately provides a blueprint for how the Air Force should advance in the near, mid and long term in the cyberspace domain.
An Air Force veteran, Maybury also illustrated the accomplishments and challenges of accession, development and sustainment of the technically expert work force STEM requires.
"Great education, training and capabilities -- that triad is critical for development," he said.
The Air Force, Marbury added, is working to broaden professional opportunities with the course development in the cyber operator career field and Air Force Institute of Technology, partnerships with experts across the Defense Department and civilian areas of expertise, and critical research and exercises.