The US Air Force Test Pilot School has started a new cyber-systems course.
"We are the place where the world comes to learn about test and evaluation. With the introduction of the Cyber Systems Test Course, we can now teach our graduates and others the framework for testing cyber systems in a contested environment," says Col Noel Zamot, TPS commandant. "This is the first course of its kind that includes a disciplined, yet flexible approach to testing cyber intensive systems."
According to the USAF, the Cyber Systems Test Course provides TPS students with the knowledge and resources for successfully identifying and testing cyber vulnerabilities on a variety of systems.
While cyber is becoming an increasingly important part of current military thinking, I can't help but feel this move steers the TPS away from its roots as a school for pilots and flight test engineers.
It's happened before with the USAF Weapons School--which, before the introduction of myriad different courses for different airframes, space and cyber--used to be called the Fighter Weapons School.
Perhaps the TPS will go that way too... with the word "pilot" being dropped in order to be more inclusive.
The times they are a-changin'--as
Bob Dylan said.
The USAF has more here