USAF’s 39 Cyber Mission Force teams achieve full operational capability

18 May 2018 (Last Updated May 18th, 2018 11:45)

A total of 39 Cyber Mission Force (CMF) teams of the US Air Force (USAF) have attained full operational capability (FOC).

A total of 39 Cyber Mission Force (CMF) teams of the US Air Force (USAF) have attained full operational capability (FOC).

The teams comprise more than 1,700 airmen, civilians and contractors, and are expected to be sufficiently manned, trained and mission-ready.

Air Forces Cyber (AFCYBER) commander major general Chris Weggeman said: “We’ve reached an enormous military cyber milestone and we’re excited about what AFCYBER can deliver to our service and the joint cyber fight.

“Our teams are integral in performing and achieving the common-core mission of cyberspace superiority shared across all Department of Defense (DoD) services.”

The CMF, consisting of 133 teams, is the action arm of USAF Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) and is responsible for executing the command’s mission to direct, synchronise and coordinate cyberspace operations in the interest of the country.

“We will continue to evolve our cyber experts to combat the malicious cyber actors seeking to do us harm.”

The FOC completes the personnel and training aspects of the CMF build, which will allow the respective service commanders to focus on mission readiness.

Weggeman added: “This is the battlefield of today and our cyber forces are ready.

“The need for this CMF will remain long into the future, and we will continue to evolve our cyber experts to combat the malicious cyber actors seeking to do us harm.”

In 2013, the USAF started contributing to the development of the CMF, along with the 41 teams of the US Army, 40 teams of the US Navy, and 13 of the US Marine Corps (USMC).

The CMF will also include 15 Air National Guard squadrons and one Air Force Reserve squadron.