Cybersecurity education is “not just about code” but about a “problem solving approach,” said Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, superintendent of the Air Force Academy, at ASC16. The Academy is shifting toward an interdisciplinary model of cybersecurity education that borrows lessons from design schools like Stanford, one that is more suited to “the modern profession of arms,” according to Johnson. “We understand the difference between training and education,” said Johnson, and meeting the particular challenges of cybersecurity requires “experiential learning” with a focus on “understanding risk” wherever it may be found, not just in the details of technical knowledge.
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.