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Cyber Warfare Officers

Cyber Warfare Officers

Military Status


Average Military Salary


Service Branches

  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Space Force


Cyber warfare officers command crews in the use of cyberwarfare to target enemy or hostile adversary capabilities. They oversee mission planning, preparation and crew training to ensure operational readiness. Cyber warfare officers operate weapons systems and direct crews in using these systems.

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Cyber Warfare Engineer – CWE | Prevent Cyber Attacks in the U.S. Navy
Cyber Warfare Engineer – CWE | Prevent Cyber Attacks in the U.S. Navy
Cyber Warfare Engineer – CWE | Prevent Cyber Attacks in the U.S. Navy

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Cyber warfare officers may have an education in computer science or a related field. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. In addition, cyber warfare officers receive specialized training, both on-the-job and in the classroom. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Electronics theory, information technology, telecommunications, and supervisory and control systems
  • Team leadership
  • Analyzing information
  • Preparing technical products
  • Planning and systems employment for DoD information networks
  • Defensive cyberspace operations
  • Advanced communications architecture
  • Project and contract management

Work Environment

Cyber warfare officers work in offices or in command and control centers on land or aboard ships.

Helpful Attributes

  • Good organizational and management skills
  • Interest in cyberwarfare/security techniques and strategies
  • Interest in technical work

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