The USAF Air Force Centre for Engineering and the Environment has begun the construction of the new 38,000ft² cyber warfare command centre at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

The centre will be the new home for the 68th Network Warfare Squadron (NWS) and the 710th Information Operations Flight, currently located at Brooks City-Base in San Antonio, California.

Lackland has been chosen for its proximity to cyber-related commands such as the National Security Agency’s Texas Cryptologic Center and the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency.

It is also close to the 67th Network Warfare Wing, the Joint Information Operations Warfare Command and the Air Force Cryptologic Support Group.

The 68th NWS commander Col. Bradford Shwedo said the building will be the first of its kind in the nation, as well as the first step in cyber warfare.

Scheduled to be completed this year, the new building will serve as an office space for 400 defence personnel.

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