"This year, the ACE will feature cybercraft as its common academic theme," said Dr. Jabbour, the program leader, who is also tenured associate professor of computer engineering at Syracuse University. "A futuristic, non-kinetic weapon platform that seeks dominance in cyberspace, the cybercraft responds to the requirements of the new mission of the U.S. Air Force to 'fly and fight in air, space and cyberspace'."
ACE 2006 students will spend the summer in Rome, N.Y., studying the analytical and scientific foundations of cybercraft.
Lectures include legal and policy issues, cryptography, network defense and attack, steganography, analysis of malicious code, and wireless security.
The ACE culminates with a two-day capstone cyber security exercise, or "Hackfest."
In addition to advanced coursework, problem-solving and weekly report-writing, ACE participants spend on average three days per week in internships at Air Force Research Laboratory or local industry partners, and participate in officer development activities.
A mandatory eight-mile run at 7 a.m. each Friday brings the ACE staff and students together in a non-academic setting.
In addition to Dr. Jabbour, the staff will include Regina Recco of Syracuse University and ITT Industries as ACE director of operations; Col. Fred Wieners (U.S. Air Force, retired), director of military instruction; Capt. Kevin Bartlett, Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate as program training officer; and retired Air Force Col. William Gray, chairman of the ACE Advisory Board.
The faculty of the ACE is drawn from the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate technical work force, Syracuse University, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Norwich University. It is supplemented with private industry domain experts.