- The Washington Times - Friday, August 9, 2013

The most prestigious U.S. military academies are “struggling” to integrate cyber education into the curricula of graduate courses and “prepare senior military officers to lead in the cyber age,” according to a new study.

“There can be little doubt that military conflict in the future will contain a cyber component,” said the study’s author, Francesca Spidalieri, a researcher at the Pell Center for International Relations at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.

“Yet, the training of America’s next generation of military leaders remains locked in time, focused on traditional military paradigms and traditional rules of war, and too often failing to convey an understanding of the underpinning of the new digital battlefield,” Ms. Spidalieri said.

The study, “Joint Professional Military Education Institutions in an Age of Cyber Threat,” surveys efforts by the six top joint military academies in the United States to educate graduates and prepare them for the cyber challenges of the digital age. It was published Wednesday.

The research shows “we have yet to effectively integrate cyberspace operations into professional military education,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. Brett Williams, director of operations for U.S. Cyber Command.