set of virtual images that represent operating systems. They
2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively.
are asked to find and fix cyber security vulnerabilities in
Nicole Malachowski and Samantha Weeks the first
these systems while not disrupting critical services. A series
two female pilots for the Air flight demonstration
of state and regional competitions lead to the national finals,
team, the Thunderbirds were both former CAP cadets
with scholarships as prizes.
who went through the Air Force Academy.
CAP teams have enjoyed many successes in CyberPatriot,
The Air Force has chosen to include CAP as part of its
national firstbecause of its
place finishes in
2011 and 2012.
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of members and
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most notably with
a significant Air
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ships for hunNational Finals
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ments. The grants
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resulted in a 20
The U.S. is one of 19 nations participating in the International Air Cadet Exchange
finalist team for
percent rise in
Association, which has been exchanging cadets for 70 years. CAP cadets chosen to
all four of his
participate learn about aviation, culture and daily life in other countries.
high school years.
continuing participation in competitions like the
cadets able to participate in 2016.
AFA CyberPatriot program represents a growing interest
in cyber said Maj. Jacob Stauffer, coordinator of
The Modern CAP Cadet Programs
Besides rewriting its training manuals over the last
National Cyber Program.
few years to provide a contemporary spin, the cadet response to this interest and the desperate need for
gram has sharpened the relevance of its offerings, often
cyber security professionals, National Headquarters created
in cooperation with other aviation-inspired groups and
the National Cyber Program team to develop training and
educational programs for all echelons, from the squadron to
On the cutting edge of technology and in anticipation of
the cyber NCSA each Stauffer said.
real threats, CAP cadets are major players in the Air Force
we are working with military and civilian leadership to
annual national cyber defense competition,
explore the possibility of CAP fulfilling a key role in the
defense of national infrastructure in
Acting as newly hired information technology professionals
In addition to the Cyber Familiarization Course at Joint
for small companies, CyberPatriot teams are provided with a
Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, CAP cadets enjoy a
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