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AES transformation can be viewed as a sequence of invertible transformations each processing only a small part of the state. All these transformations would be even, and so is the entire AES for any key (see also this question).


In general, the key length and number of rounds are the dominant factors in deciding cipher strength. But you need to consider how the rounds are constructed and how the key is used. Substitution and permutation are the bread and butter of DES. That's literally all it is - substitution, permutation, and XOR. Here is a diagram of the DES fiestel function ...

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