I was disappointed to read in Air Force senior leaders take up key decisions that Air Force Cyber Command is effectively dead:
Leadership also decided to establish a Numbered Air Force for cyber operations within Air Force Space Command and discussed how the Air Force will continue to develop capabilities in this new domain and train personnel to execute this new mission.
Apparently that unit will be 24th Air Force. Since the Numbered Air Force is the unit by which the service presents combat forces to Unified Combatant Commanders in wartime, it makes some sense for cyber to at least be organized in that manner.
I guess the Air Force believes it needs to get its house in order before trying to establish a new command. The Air Force is also suffering the adverse effects of the way it advertised itself, essentially stealing the spotlight by not appearing "Joint" enough.
I am most concerned with the effect of not having Cyber Command upon the proposed cyber career field. From what my sources had told me, it was turning into a rebranded communications AFSC. The biggest problem the Air Force faces in cyber is not retaining skilled personnel. It suffers because there is no career path for cyber warriors. If that problem is not fixed, none of the reorganization efforts will matter anyway.