Our world is quickly changing. Ubiquitous Internet-connected devices have already transformed our lives. The public availability of personal data, coupled with artificial intelligence, is accelerating this rate of change. Historically, the U.S. has struggled to envision how new technologies developed in the civilian realm would transform future combat. The Army Cyber Institute exists to hasten this transformation by conducting academic research and advising Army leaders so that they can confront the nation's most critical cyber challenges.
The Army Cyber Institute has the unique ability to bridge the public and private sectors to explore challenges through multiple disciplines. The intent is to look for solutions where the Army is not already looking, especially at the strategic and operational levels. We engage military, government, academic, and industrial cyber communities in impactful partnerships to enable effective Army operations in and through cyberspace.
Unique within the U.S. military, the ACI is an innovative mix of academic think tank and operational laboratory. We seek out tactically experienced officers not only from the Army's Cyber and Signal branches, but also Acquisitions, Modeling and Simulations, Psychological Operations, and other specialties. These officers are complemented by civilian academic fellows, each an acknowledged expert in their discipline with a proven research record.
As the military's use of the cyberspace domain evolves, so do ACI's research efforts. Currently, the ACI is researching some of the below topics:
- Cyberspace operations: What is needed to conduct an effective cyberspace defense in cloud environments? How can machine learning be used to more efficiently analyze and defend against malware? How does library re-use affect software vulnerabilities?
- Electromagnetic warfare: How can tactical units train for the full spectrum of electromagnetic warfare operations at home station? What tools are available to help commanders visualize their electromagnetic signature?
- Cyber law and policy: What are the legal and policy options for military units to work with their local communities to secure infrastructure critical to military operations?
- Information: How does ubiquitous highly detailed publicly available information on help or hinder military operations? How can organizations reduce the impact of misinformation?
- Threatcasting: What is a possible future? What can we do to encourage that future, or work to prevent it from happening?
- Data: How do you generate labeled training data, not only for cyberspace operators, but for machine learning models? How can adversaries manipulate AI/ML? How can we protect against that?
- Cognitive: How can automated decision support tools help cyberspace operations? How do you reduce the cognitive load on high-stress work roles?
What can the ACI do for you?
The Army Cyber Institute is poised to assist the military in a variety of ways. Some examples of our previous work include:
- Conducting a survey of the field (both academia and industry) to determine what is the state of the art, and the technical feasibility of a proposed product
- Briefing senior leaders on risks and opportunities associated with cyberspace and related technologies
- Finding opportunities to better include some cyberspace elements in a program of instruction
- Acting as a technological scout, keeping our ears to the ground for breakthrough products and services that can meet organizational needs
- Providing technical or policy background, grounded in experience, research, and analysis, to decision-makers