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AFCYBER's mission statement--"Fly, Fight and Win In, Through, and From Cyberspace"--captures a breadth of responsibilities to include extending cyber capabilities to the tactical edge of the battlefield.
For AFCYBER, 25th Air Force (25 AF) continues to be a critical strategic partner across all missions because success in today's cyberspace operations hinges on the effectiveness of cyber intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) to meet warfighter requirements.
This fundamental shift in perspective has driven both how AFSPC crafted the AF Cyber Core Function Master Plan and how AFCYBER refocused its operational activities.
She is also the commander, AFCYBER, and is responsible for providing combatant commanders with trained and ready cyber forces to plan and conduct cyberspace operations.
In this regard, AFCYBER will act as both a deterrent and a combatant to safeguard the nation's cyber structure.
The seven AFRC units included in the AFCYBER organizational structure are the 310th Communications Flight at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.; 622nd CF, Langley AFB, Va.; 917th CF, Barksdale AFB, La.; 610th Information Operations Flight, Offutt AFB, Neb.; 710th IOF, Brooks City-Base, Texas; 35th Combat Communications Squadron, Tinker AFB, Okla.; and 55th CCS, Robins AFB, Ga.
(60) GlobalSecurity.org: Military, Air Force Cyber Command AFCYBER
He challenged AFCYBER (P) leaders to "lead turn the AF into the future, building the first 21st century command." It needed to be unlike the typical "brick and mortar industrial age command." It needed to be virtual.
Less than two years after publication of the definition of cyberspace in the National Military Strategy for Cyberspace Operations, the DOD updated it to a more focused and practical foundation for doctrine: "A global domain within the information environment consisting of the interdependent network of information technology infrastructures, including the Internet, telecommunications networks, computer systems, and embedded processors and controllers." (5) Shortly thereafter, the Air Force downgraded the provisional AFCYBER major command to a numbered air force subordinated to the new US Cyber Command subunified command, and never fully incorporated combat systems officers into its cyber career field.
Such a system would also minimize (by almost a factor of two) the overhead money required to set up MAJCOMs that organize, train, and equip; instead of ACC, AFSPC, AFCYBER, and the AFISRA, we would now fund only a combat command and a combat support command.
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