The 90 COS, is a subodinate unit under the 318 Cyberspace Operations Group, 688th Cycberspace Wing, 24th Air Force at JBSA-Lackland, Texas.

The 90 COS, is a subodinate unit under the 318 Cyberspace Operations Group, 688th Cycberspace Wing, 24th Air Force at JBSA-Lackland, Texas.

The 90th Cyberspace Operations Squadron (90 COS), located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, accelerates Global Vigilance, Reach, and Power by rapidly developing cyber capabilities to achieve military objectives across all domains.  The “Shadow Warriors” execute a spectrum of cyber missions to organically produce cyber capabilities that tackle today’s most challenging security issues.  The 90 COS responds to challenges with the “Hack’em up!” battle cry, pushing our world-class talent to focus on supporting today’s combat operations, while preparing for tomorrow’s fight.  

Integrate and innovate to rapidly develop and deploy cyber capabilities that achieve military objectives across the warfighting domains

Accelerate Global Vigilance, Reach, and Power with breakthrough cyber capabilities

The 90 COS professional workforce of 250+ active duty, reserve, civilian and contractor personnel, function in teams to meet the engineering and administrative challenges.  


The 90 COS is part of the 318th Cyberspace Operations Group and 688th Cyberspace Wing, both located at JBSA-Lackland, Texas, which are aligned under 24th Air Force and Air Force Space Command.  As the Cyber Mission Forces approaches Fully Operational Capability (FOC) status, the 90 COS assigned Combat Support Team’s and National Support Team’s (CST/NST) capability developers are operationally aligned to seven designated mission teams, each geographically dispersed.  

The 90 COS is divided into 7 Flights:

90 COS/DOA – Executes real-time Air Force cyber attack requirements   
90 COS/DOB – Executes real-time Air Force cyber defense requirements   
90 COS/DOC – Organizes, trains and equips cyber capabilities developers for the USCYBERCOM Cyber Mission Forces 
90 COS/DOK – Support full spectrum cyber operations with non-material solutions, focusing on Tactics, Techniques and Procedures.
90 COS/DOM – Provides Live-Virtual-Constructive environments for mission rehearsal, concept exploration, and capability assessments; officially designated as DMOC-Cyber to support major exercises with modeling and simulation tools for realistic training.  
90 COS/DOP – Provides engineering expertise required to create, deploy, and support integrated cyber platforms

The 90 COS traces its lineage back to 1 October 1997, originally named the 690th Information Operations Squadron.  The unit was redesignated as the 90th Information Operations Squadron on 1 August 2000.  From 20 July 2007 to 18 August 2009, the squadron was deactivated.  On   18 August 2009, the 90th Information Operations Squadron was reactivated at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, with its current mission set.  On 1 February 2016 the squadron was redesignated as the 90th Cyberspace Operations Squadron.  

Recent History:
In 2014, the Honorable Deborah Lee James, the Secretary of the Air Force, published “America’s Air Force: a Call to the Future” in which she states, “The Air Force’s ability to continue to adapt and respond faster than our potential adversaries is the greatest challenge we face over the next 30 years.”  This statement drives the 90 COS to maintain a sense of urgency required to address the ever-changing adversary attack vectors and fleeting target opportunities.  In the last 2 years, the 90 COS has developed 110 cyber capabilities comprising of real-time operations and innovation (RTOI) efforts, Cyber Mission Force (CMF) support efforts, and additional supporting capabilities and enabling efforts.  Under RTOI, the 90 COS has delivered 42 highly tailored cyber capabilities 1) enabling AF freedom of action and mission assurance in cyber against agile and advanced threats; 2) supporting MAJCOM and NAF operations and planning; and 3) enabling urgent operational needs and ongoing Combatant Command contingency operations.  The 90 COS has also delivered 16 capabilities to USCYBERCOM through 1) National Support Teams (NST) to defend the nation against cyber attacks of significant consequence; and 2) Combat Support Teams (CST) to support Combatant Command operational plans and contingency operations.  Finally, the 90 COS has completed 52 other supporting projects enabling cyber platform support, exercise/training environments, evaluations, integration, automation, and other development support.  

(As of Oct 2016)