Mission Defense Teams (MDTs) exist to target the gap in cyber mission assurance between ISSM responsibilities of Cyber Operations Forces under USCYBERCOM for Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO). The Cyber Squadron Initiative Program Action Directive (CSI-PAD) laid out the original framework for MDT employment across the DAF, however resourcing challenges persist as a barrier against complete CSI-PAD execution. This presentation will provide the overview and way ahead for the revised strategy, employing focused MDTs across priority AF mission needs, utilizing recent advances in technology and AF unit missions to maximize support to the operational warfighter within an achievable scope of employment.

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