Defense Cyber Workforce Framework (DCWF)

DoD Cyber Workforce Framework (DCWF)

The DoD Cyber Workforce Framework establishes the DoD’s authoritative lexicon based on the work an individual is performing, not their position titles, occupational series, or designator.The DCWF describes the work performed by the full spectrum of the cyber workforce as defined in DoD Directive (DoDD) 8140.01. The DCWF leverages the original National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) and the DoD Joint Cyberspace Training and Certification Standards (JCT&CS).


Click the boxes below to expand/collapse the Workforce Elements and see the associated Work Roles that are in the Talent Marketplace.

Personnel who design, build, configure, operate, and maintain IT, networks, and capabilities. This includes actions to prioritize implement, evaluate, and dispose of IT as well as information resource management; and the management, storage, transmission, and display of data and information. These are the work roles you’ll find in the Talent Marketplace:

  • Cyber ITData Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Enterprise Architect
  • Knowledge Manager
  • Network Operations Specialist
  • Research & Development Specialist
  • Software Developer
  • System Administrator
  • System Testing and Evaluation Specialist
  • Systems Developer
  • System Requirements Planner
  • Technical Support Specialist

Personnel who secure, defend, and preserve data, networks, net-centric capabilities, and other designated systems by ensuring appropriate security controls and measures are in place, and taking internal defense actions. This includes access to system controls, monitoring, administration, and integration of cybersecurity into all aspects of engineering and acquisition of cyberspace capabilities. These are the work roles you’ll find in the Talent Marketplace:

  • Cybersecurity Work RolesAuthorizing Official / Designating Representative
  • COMSEC Manager
  • Cyber Defense Analyst
  • Cyber Defense Forensics Analyst
  • Cyber Defense Incident Responder
  • Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support Specialist
  • Information Systems Security Developer
  • Information Systems Security Manager
  • Secure Software Assessor
  • Security Architect
  • Security Control Assessor
  • Systems Security Analyst
  • Vulnerability Assessment Analyst

Personnel who plan, support, and execute cyberspace capabilities where the primary purpose is to externally defend or conduct force projection in or through cyberspace. Work roles you’ll find in the Talent Marketplace:

  • Cyberspace Effects Work RolesCyber Operations Planner
  • Exploitation Analyst
  • Mission Assessment Specialist
  • Partner Integration Planner
  • Target Developer
  • Target Network Analyst
  • Warning Analyst

Personnel who collect, process, analyze, and disseminate information from all sources of intelligence on foreign actors’ cyberspace programs, intentions, capabilities, research and development, and operational activities. Work roles you’ll find in the Talent Marketplace:

  • Cyberspace Intelligence Work RolesAll-Source Analyst
  • All-Source Collection Manager
  • All-Source Collection Requirements Manager
  • Cyber Intelligence Planner
  • Multi-Disciplined Language Analyst

Personnel who perform work roles to support or facilitate the functions of cyber IT, cybersecurity, cyberspace effects, or intelligence workforce (cyberspace) work roles. This includes actions to support acquisition, training and leadership activities. You’ll find work roles in these support functions in the Talent Marketplace:

Cyberspace Support Work RolesAcquisition

  • IT Investment / Portfolio Manager
  • IT Program Auditor
  • IT Project Manager
  • Product Support Manager
  • Program Manager


  • Cyber Policy and Strategy Planner
  • Cyber Workforce Developer and Manager
  • Executive Cyber Leadership
  • Privacy Compliance Manager

Legal / Law Enforcement

  • Cyber Crime Investigator
  • Cyber Legal Advisor
  • Forensics Analyst

Training and Education

  • Cyber Instructional Curriculum Developer
  • Cyber Instructor