• Lt. Col. Matthew Castillo, USAF, commander, 35th Intelligence Squadron, speaks about the Cyberspace Threat Intelligence Center during the facility’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. Airmen and contractors with the 35th IS will conduct operations from the new facility.
     Lt. Col. Matthew Castillo, USAF, commander, 35th Intelligence Squadron, speaks about the Cyberspace Threat Intelligence Center during the facility’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. Airmen and contractors with the 35th IS will conduct operations from the new facility.

CTIC Synchronizes Service

The Cyber Edge
April 28, 2017
By Maryann Lawlor
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A new defensive cyberspace operations facility at Joint Base San Antonio will boost the 35th Intelligence Squadron’s ability to meet growing demands for analysis of intelligence coming from multiple sources. Although located in Texas, personnel at the Cyberspace Threat Intelligence Center (CTIC) will support operations worldwide.

In 2015, the squadron’s support to the defensive cyberspace operations community increased by more than 300 percent, which led to the need for a new facility, says Lt. Col. Matthew Castillo, USAF, commander, 35th Intelligence Squadron.

“The squadron took on an increase in personnel to provide intelligence analysis, leveraging multiple sources, in order to enable the defense of Air Force networks. This increase of personnel, coupled with continued advancement of threats against these networks, drove the squadron to adopt a new organizational construct for today's challenges–the CTIC,” Col. Castillo explains.

With the opening of the facility and the reorganized staff structure, squadron members can now synchronize and prioritize intelligence activities. They will be able to better manage cross-organizational capabilities and information sources, improving intelligence reporting, the colonel says.

“The CTIC construct is an evolution in how we’re postured to perform our mission. The 35th Intelligence Squadron will leverage the CTIC to expand partnerships and data access across the cyber defense community.

“As the Air Force expands its multidomain warfighting capabilities, the CTIC will be an integral part of ensuring an information advantage through the full spectrum of combat,” he states.

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