A new cyber warfare (CW) workforce formed by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will be specifically selected and trained to protect the service's information, systems, and capabilities from cyber attacks or exploitation.
According to the Department of Defence (DoD), the RAAF introduced two new employment categories to the specialist workforce in October: the cyber warfare officer (CWO) and cyber warfare analyst (CWA).
The first round of successful candidates will undergo an intensive six-month training programme beginning in February 2020. Most of them will then be posted to No 462 Squadron, which now forms part of the Air Warfare Centre's Information Warfare Directorate at RAAF Edinburgh near Adelaide.
According to an August determination by the Defence Force Remuneration Tribunal (DFRT), the CWO element will consist of 60 officers, ranging in rank from Pilot Officer to Wing Commander, with the potential long-term need for more senior ranks.
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