Small Wars Journal

Mad Scientist Call for Papers: Cyber Proficient Force 2025 & Beyond

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 11:21am

Mad Scientist Call for Papers: Cyber Proficient Force 2025 & Beyond

Due Friday 5 August


Are you or your organization interested in submitting a paper that would influence how the Army generates and employs a Cyber-proficient Force for 2025 & Beyond? Put your independent thoughts, research and development, and other efforts before an audience of thought leaders at the Mad Scientist Conference.

Since 2015, the TRADOC Mad Scientist Initiative enables continuous dialogue between Joint military, international partners, academia, policy institutions, and industry to help the Army explore the evolution of the far future operational environment (through 2040-2050) and examine all aspects of technology on the far future of armed conflict.  This call for papers provides an opportunity for all wide community of interest to present papers to help shape and inform our understanding of the unique concepts and capabilities required for a future Cyber Proficient Force.

This conference will focus on the following issues:  (1) What does the cyber environment look like in 2040-2050 (how will cyber influence the environment and the population?  What technology will they be using? / What will connecting look like/ what will they connect to?  What are the drivers influencing this or not)?  (2) How do we build (assess – develop – retain – employ) a cyber proficient force that operates effectively in and through the cyber domain to meet Joint and Army requirements?  (3) What new ideas must we consider in order to build and maintain partnerships with U.S., and International Academia, Industry, Defense Departments/Ministries and other Agencies to enhance cyberspace operations?

We are seeking unpublished paper submissions. Please submit an unclassified, eight to ten page paper for review and evaluation by 5 August 2016.  Papers will be reviewed by staff of the United States Military Academy (USMA) Army Cyber Institute (ACI) and TRADOC (G-2, ARCIC and Centers of Excellence).  Several of the highest ranked submissions will be considered to speak at the Cyber Conference and/or published in Small Wars Journal.  Others may be invited to conduct a Mad Scientist Speaker Series (a virtual presentation broadcast on Adobe Connect) on their submitted topic.

Topics of Interest

  • Build the Cyber-proficient Workforce
  • Cyber Operations
  • Cyber Capability Development
  • Cyber Training and Education
  • Cyber Facilities, Systems and Infrastructure
  • Build and Maintain Partnerships
  • Future Cyber environment

Paper Submission Requirements

  • Submit Distribution A, unclassified, unpublished work to: <> by COB Friday 5 August 2016.
  • Papers submitted without release form will not be considered
  • Please provide an additional one-page biographical sketch of the Author(s) and Co-Author(s) (as appropriate)
  • Papers must be cleared through your organizations release processes, DoD and USG authors required to submit through PAO
  • Submissions must be Distribution A, Unclassified (USG/DoD requirement)

8-10 Page Limit and Contain:

  • Discussion of the problem, desired outcome(s), and specific aims or hypotheses
  • A concise write up design including methods used and progress to date
  • Data analysis and/or future research areas and ongoing related research plans (as applicable) (internal or external to submitting organization)
  • Font 12 point

Additional Topic Information

Categories: Mad Scientist

About the Author(s)

Established 1 July 1973, the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) is a command of the United States Army headquartered at Fort Eustis, Virginia. It is charged with overseeing training of Army forces and the development of operational doctrine. TRADOC operates 37 schools and centers at 27 different locations. TRADOC schools conduct 1,304 courses and 108 language courses. The 1,304 courses include 516,000 seats (resident, on-site and distributed learning) for 443,231 soldiers; 36,145 other-service personnel; 8,314 international soldiers; and 28,310 civilians.