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U.S. Air Force cyber security technicians with the 355th Communications Squadron review work orders at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Ariz., Sept. 26, 2018. Cyber security technicians are tasked with safeguarding operational and communications security for installation computer and phone systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Frankie D. Moore)

Air Force updates Digital University with new career tracks

The Air Force's Digital University launched new features aimed at making it more accessible to users looking to develop tech skills.
U.S. Senior Airman Joshua Little, 1st Operations Support Squadron intel analyst, use a virtual reality system brought to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, by Airmen from the 547th Intelligence Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Feb. 12, 2020. The VR equipment provides an alternative way of training while still maintaining realistic training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tristan Biese)

Air Force turns to VR for suicide prevention training

The virtual reality program has new modules that were recently tested in California to give lifelike simulations for getting distressed airmen help.
U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. Raymond conducts a press briefing with the Pentagon Press Corps to address Space Force response efforts for COVID-19 at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., March 27, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)

Space Force starts transitioning cybersecurity professionals into its ranks

Space Force is onboarding its first Cyber Guardians to better protect satellites and space assets from hacking.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 19th Air Force commander, uses a virtual reality training device at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, March 7, 2019. Doherty met with Airmen from the 62nd Airlift Squadron’s innovation flight and was shown numerous innovations and integrated modern technologies within the training squadron focusing not only on student instruction but instructor development as well. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

Air Force continues push on virtual training with new contracts

The Air Force wants to train more pilots virtually, leaders have said. They anticipate more virtual training to be safer and more effective for young pilots.
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Braeden Pruett, 355th Communications Squadron cyber security technician, updates information assurance officer training slides at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 26, 2018. Cyber security technicians must ensure the protection of installation operational and communications security while also training personnel on securing sensitive information. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Frankie D. Moore)

As Air Force’s Digital U grows its ranks, it looks to refine course work

3,000 airmen have signed up, from the lowest-ranking officers to a two star general.
Gen. John Raymond, U.S. Space Command and Air Force Space Command commander, discusses “Space Power: Warfighting in Space to Win on Earth” during the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 16, 2019. The ASC Conference is a professional development forum that offers the opportunity for Department of Defense personnel to participate in forums, speeches, seminars and workshops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Armando Schwier-Morales)

Space Force delegates acquisition authority to lower offices to speed up buying

Top contracting authority has been delegated to "experts in the field" of space operations to speed up the acquisition process.
160127-N-LB724-009 PENSACOLA, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2016) Students from the Aerospace Medical Technician School explore Naval Education Training Command (NETC) smart phone applications to find out more about advancement with the “FMS Calculator” and command recourses with “New to the Navy.” NETC’s newest app, NavyCOOL, provides Sailors with a set of credentialing and career tools to help make professional development decisions throughout their Navy career and beyond. Other tools within the app include in-service civilian and industry certifications, road maps to career advancement and retention, and civilian career occupations after life in the Navy. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign James A. Griffin/Released).

Coming soon: A one-stop-shop for information about DOD’s online courses

DOD wants its education data to be interoperable, creating an enterprise-wide course catalog recently.
Staff Sgt. Jared Hight, a crew chief with the 124th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Boise, Idaho, researches information on government computer at Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 8, 2019. The aircraft is currently in Nevada to participate in Green Flag-West 19-8 (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Joshua C. Allmaras)

Air Force’s Digital University prepares for launch with a focus on ‘tactical operators’

The Air Force's new "Digital University" is free for all airmen and civilians working in the department to learn more about cyber, IT and other technical training.