USAF establishes Cyberspace Capabilities Center under ACC

18 November 2019 (Last Updated November 18th, 2019 09:45)

The US Air Force (USAF) has established a Cyberspace Capabilities Center (CCC) during a ceremony at Scott Air Force Base to streamline communications enterprise.

The US Air Force (USAF) has established a Cyberspace Capabilities Center (CCC) during a ceremony at Scott Air Force Base to streamline communications enterprise.

CCC was created by combining the Air Combat Command’s Cyberspace Support Squadron, Air Force Network Integration Center (AFNIC), and the 38th Cyberspace Readiness Squadron.

The merged entities were deactivated during the ceremony.

The centre falls under Air Combat Command (ACC) and will help the USAF bridge the gaps in cyber support and synchronise enterprise requirements.

Air Combat Command cyberspace and information dominance director brigadier general Chad Radeuge said: “The continuing and expanding demands on our cyberspace enterprise requires us to find better ways to organise, train and equip those forces.

“Consolidation allows the reinvestment of resources to manage centralised cyberspace requirements, enabling warfighter needs and to improve the delivery of capabilities for mission readiness.

“Airforce cyber capabilities are intertwined with the intelligence, command and control, air superiority, personnel recovery and precision attack missions that we are responsible for.

“This (realignment) streamlines how the airforce presents forces to joint commanders, and it improves our ability to integrate cyber and air operations to improve our effectiveness in multiple domains.”

The new CCC will allow the service to improve the way it provides enterprise IT capabilities.

In addition, the centre will develop airmen working in the mission set.

Former AFNIC commander colonel Marc Packler has been appointed the commander of the CCC while chief master sergeant Addison Spencer is the new superintendent.

ACC was tasked with handling cyber responsibilities during last year.

The realignment is aimed at enabling the USAF to support the ‘National Defense Strategy’s goal of preparing for a future high-end fight’.