92ND CYBERSPACE OPERATIONS SQ

The 92 COS is a subordinate unit under the 318th Cyberspace Operations Group, 688th Cyberspace Wing, 24th Air Force at JBSA-Lackland, Texas.

The 92 COS is a subordinate unit under the 318th Cyberspace Operations Group, 688th Cyberspace Wing, 24th Air Force at JBSA-Lackland, Texas.


The 92d Cyberspace Operations Squadron (92 COS) is headquartered at Joint-Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.  The 92d COS provides cyberspace defense operations capabilities to the Air Force and joint warfighting team.

Mission:

To assure AF and DoD missions through the employment of Cyberspace Protection Teams, Cyberspace Vulnerability Assessments and Communications Security Assessments.

Vision:

The Nation’s most elite defensive cyberspace operations forces:  Focused on mission assurance, experts in cyberspace security and cognizant of applicable threats.

People:
Over 200 professionals, representing 13 Air Force Specialty Codes, perform the 92 COS mission.  The Squadron consists of approximately 60 active duty, 55 civilians and 95 contractors with expertise ranging in defensive cyber operations, intelligence support to cyber, cyber maintenance and mission support. 

Organization:
The 92 COS is part of the 318th Cyberspace Operations Group (318 COG) and 688th Cyberspace Wing, both located at JBSA-Lackland, Texas, which are aligned under 24th Air Force (24 AF) and Air Force Space Command.  Detachment 1, 92 COS (Det 1, 92 COS) is located at Scott AFB, Ill. The Squadron performs its' mission in partnership with the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC), Air Force Major Command Information Protection offices and presents forces through Air Forces Cyber (24 AF) to US Cyber Command and other Combatant Commands.  

Cyberspace Capabilities:

The 92 COS operates one of the Air Force’s Fully Operational Capable Cyberspace Weapon Systems—the Cyberspace Vulnerability Assessment/Hunter (CVA/H). The 92 COS is the only AF unit conducting Cyberspace Vulnerability Assessments (CVAs), a hybrid form of evaluation that defines, identifies and classifies security vulnerabilities by detecting deviations from standards, regulation, and industry “best practices.”  Elements  of the CVA include Vulnerability Assessments (system, software, network), Compliance Evaluation (DISA STIGS, DoD 8500.2), Defense Assessment (review defense capabilities through a series of well-defined scenarios) and Penetration Testing (process of subverting system protections on order to obtain access or destroy mission capabilities).  Det 1, 92 COS performs Communications Security (COMSEC) Assessments to fortify AF Information Assurance posture through COMSEC assessments, COMSEC Incident Management and COMSEC Management System.  The 92 COS presents three Cyber Protection Teams (CPTs) to service and joint Combatant Commanders.  These CPTs conduct global cyberspace operations to deter, disrupt and defeat adversary cyberspace operations in order to defend U.S., DoD and Air Force critical infrastructure and key resources.    

History:
The 92 COS traces its organizational lineage to World War II.  It was constituted on 13 January 1942 as the 92d Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) (81st Fighter Group) and activated on 9 February 1942 at Morris Field, North Carolina.  On 15 May 1942 it was redesignated as the 92d Fighter Squadron at Muroc, California.  During World War II, the 92d conducted combat operations in the North Africa, Mediteranean and China Burma India theaters of operation.  The squadron was inactivated on 27 December  1945 at Hsian, China.   The 92d was again activiated on 15 Oct 1946 at Wheeler Field, Hawaii.  On 16 July the 92d entered the Jet Age, redesignated the 92d Fighter Squadron at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.  The squadron became the 92d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron on 20 Jan 1950 while stationed at Moses Lake AFB, Washington.  On 1 Apr 1954 the squadron became the 92d Fighter-Bomber Squadron while stationed at Shepherds Grove, RAF Station England.  The final flying unit redesignation occurred on 8 July 1958 when the 92d became a fighter squadron at RAF Bentwaters, England.  The 92d FS inactivated on 31 March 1993. The 92d entered the cyber domain of operations when it was activated on 4 October 2000 as the 92d Information Warfare Aggressor Squadron (318th Information Operations Group) at Kelly AFB, Texas.  While at Kelly it became the 92d Information Operations Squadron on 1 September 2006.  The squadron was redesignated as the 92d Cyberspace Operations Squadron on 30 Oct 2015 at JBSA-Lackland, Texas. 

(Current as of September 2016)