Air Combat Command
Helping to meet the teleworking needs of the U.S. Air Force during the COVID-19 pandemic has been no small feat over the last six weeks. At the same time, the service is working to maintain the security of Air Force networks and communication tools in order to continue daily operations and critical mission functions, explained Brig. Gen. Chad D. Raduege, USAF, director of Cyberspace and Information Dominance and chief information officer, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
Gen. Raduege, whose role is also known as the A-6, was AFCEA Tidewater’s luncheon speaker during a virtual monthly meeting last week.
For the last year, the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command has aggressively pursued revamping its organization to combat increasing threats, including cyber threats. The command is looking at how to unite its traditional air component capabilities with cyber mastery and provide its piece of Joint All Domain Command and Control, or JADC2.
These abilities are key especially as threats from adversaries are “only increasing in scope and scale,” said Lt. Gen. Christopher "Wedge" Weggeman, USAF, deputy commander, Air Combat Command (ACC), speaking at AFCEA Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Cyberspace Symposium 2020 in Colorado Springs on February 4.
On the battlefield of the future, warfighters will need to be extraordinarily interconnected to weapon systems in the air, sea, space, land and digital realms. To support operations across these multiple domains, warfighters will have to rely on advanced command and control capabilities and vigorously employ cyber defenses to its weapons and systems.
Given increasing threat levels, the Air Force is employing cybersecurity measures to protect its data, especially to safeguard information that is weather-related and feeds into military decision making. The service is applying mission defense teams, or specialized cybersecurity crews, to safeguard weather intelligence. The cyber mission defense team structure is in action at the 557th Weather Wing at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska.
The U.S. Air Force is in the process of standing up a new Numbered Air Force (NAF) within the Air Combat Command, which will bring together the service’s information warfare capabilities.
Last year, the service announced it was moving its 24th Air Force, which specializes in cyber operations, and its Cyber Mission from the Air Force Space Command to the Air Combat Command. The Air Combat Command (ACC) is in the process of merging those cyber components with its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities from the 25th Air Force, which will all be under the new Information Warfare NAF, explained Gen. Mike Holmes, USAF, commander, ACC during an Air Force Association breakfast event on August 23.
PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC, Marlton, New Jersey, has been awarded a $19,156,738 modification to previously awarded contract FA4890-15-C0018 for the Aerial Targets Program. The contract modification provides for the exercise of an option for an additional year of service under the multiple year contract, which directly supports live-fire weapons system testing and enables the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group to perform developmental and operational weapons testing for all air-to-air missiles for the F-15, F-16, F-22, and F-35 aircraft. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida; and Holloman AFB, New Mexico, and is expected to be completed by September 30, 2020. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds are bei
On May 17, the 53rd Wing of the U.S. Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida celebrated the establishment of its new 87th Electronic Warfare Squadron that will join the wing’s 53rd Electronic Warfare Group.
The newly created Cyber and Non-Kinetic Operations Division within the Air Combat Command is expected to reach full strength this summer. The new organization integrates multiple missions, including cyber, electronic warfare, intelligence and information warfare.
A combination of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, fifth-generation communications and agile software development processes may one day allow commanders to direct any asset from anywhere, essentially revolutionizing command and control.
During the recent AFCEA Alamo Chapter Event in San Antonio, several officials agreed that the current command and control (C2) center known as an air operations center (AOC) has grown too cumbersome and vulnerable for Air Force commanders to make the rapid-fire decisions required in the modern era of multi-domain operations.
Col. Adrian L. Spain, USAF, has been selected for the grade of brigadier general and assigned as commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.
Col. George M. Reynolds, USAF, has been selected for the grade of brigadier general and assigned as vice commander, 25th Air Force, Air Combat Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
Brig. Gen. Andrew A. Croft, USAF, has been selected to the grade of major general and assigned as special assistant to commander, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), Air Combat Command, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.
Maj. Gen. Christopher P. Weggemen, USAF, has been assigned as special assistant to the commander, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
Maj. Gen. Andrew A. Croft, USAF, has been assigned as commander, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), Air Combat Command, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.
Maj. Gen. Christopher P. Weggeman, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commander, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.