Special Course – Cyberforce Superiority: Foundational Elements


We’ve just added an important new class to AAP’s cyber curriculum. Cyberforce Superiority: Foundational Elements is an intensive course that will run the Spring 2014 semester for those wanting to understand cyber operations at the practical level.

Who Should Enroll?

Do you work with colleagues who conduct cyber operations but you never quite understood exactly what they do?  Ever wonder why the security person in your agency imposes such draconian restrictions on computer use? Want a clearer understanding of the data Edward Snowden has leaked? Are you comfortable with cyber strategy but uncertain about the practical details of computer network attack, computer network defense, and cyber forensics? Maybe you’d even like to move into the field of cyber operations and want a taste of what it entails.

If so, this is the course for you.

Companion Courses

A companion course to Prof. James Lewis’ AS.470.740 – Conflict and Security in Cyberspace and Prof. James Norton’s AS.470.685 – “The Politics of Cybersecurity,” this course fits nicely into the study program of students interested in government or national security and gives practical information from insiders in the industry.

We expect to offer a sequel to “Cyberforce Superiority: Foundational Elements” later in the year.

Instructor & Details

The instructor is Jared Moon, Senior Systems Engineer with Raytheon Solipsys and a founding member of its Cyber Exploitation Unit.  

For this class, instructor will set up a stand-alone network of computers and students will be able to explore the concepts and practice the cyber techniques they have discussed live in the classroom. Do not try this at home!


This is an intensive course. Complete schedule as follows:

Course Dates: February: 19,20,22,26,and 27; March 1,5

Time: W, Th 5:30-8PM and Sat 9:00AM-5:00PM

Location: Room 600B, 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Course Description

This course provides students a baseline understanding of cyber programming, networking, and computer network operations. Students will also receive a solid foundation in the historical, legal, ethical and policy aspects of computer network operations and their relevance to today’s events and priorities. The course then reviews the functioning of computers, after which the students receive hands-on education in programming concepts, Windows and Linux tools, Boolean logic and computer math principles that lay the groundwork for a tactile understanding of cyber concepts and skills. Students are not expected to have specialized computer skills.

For further information, email Mark Stout, Director MA in Global Security Studies.

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