The objective of the Advanced Cyber Education (ACE) summer course is to develop the next generation of cyber-security leaders through an intense program that immerses ROTC students in the cyber-security discipline while educating them on becoming future military leaders. The underlying philosophy of ACE is to provide the cadets cyber-security principles through intense coursework and internship experiences completed at Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and other base organizations. ACE helps students understand why cyberspace is a unique warfighting domain and develop an appreciation for why cyber dominance is a prerequisite for superiority in Land, Sea, Air, and Space.
The ACE program is an eight week course that takes place during the undergraduate academic summer break. This program covers a wide variety of cyber-security related disciplines to develop original thinkers and technical leaders who can solve real-world problems in the area of cyber-security. The program covers a variety of disciplines to include the following:
• Information Operations
• Formal Security Concepts
• Computer Network Defense
• Cyber Attack
• Digital Forensics
• Reverse Software Engineering
Candidates for the ACE course include students with an undergraduate degree of study in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering. Students with a major in a different technical discipline who have a strong computer background are also eligible. ACE candidates must have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA and must complete their third year in college before the summer they attend the program.