24th AF hosts MAJCOM CV Summit

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND -- The vice commander of Air Force Space Command gathered with his peers from other major commands and around the Air Force to talk about cyber operations during the command's recent MAJCOM CV Summit here.

"There's a persistent need for cyber capabilities in today's world," said Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, Air Force Space Command vice commander. "As the Air Force's Cyberspace Core Function Lead Integrator, AFSPC is committed to working with the other MAJCOMs to rebalance and transform missions to meet cyberspace requirements to provide a broad range of decisive effects to the joint fight."

24th Air Force hosted the event designed to give general officers an in-depth view of the threats, progress, integration and the way ahead for cyber operations.

"This was the second 'in person' cyber-focused MAJCOM CV summit and 24th Air Force was happy to host the senior leaders," said Maj. Gen. Suzanne Vautrinot, 24th Air Force commander. "It allowed 24th Air Force to highlight full spectrum operational activities in computer network operations - ensuring the MAJCOMs are aware of the breadth and depth of activities undertaken daily by cyber warriors to ensure mission operations in, through and from cyberspace."

The summit began with a threat brief that focused on what to expect from our highest threat cyber adversaries. Other briefing topics included AFCYBER planning and execution initiatives, and the 24th Air Force mission.

"We've developed, tested, fielded and operationalized multiple Department of Defense and Air Force defensive and offensive cyber capabilities," Basla said. "We've developed and deployed these capabilities with a weapon system mindset--hardware, software, certified operators and the mentality to operationalize and normalize cyberspace."
AFSPC is pursuing Air Force weapon system designation for seven specific cyber operations capabilities, Basla said.

The Summit attendees then visited the Air Force Computer Emergency Response Team - part of the 33rd Network Warfare Squadron - for a presentation on defensive cyber operations.

"Hackers attempt to break into our networks every day," Basla said. "Our job is to ensure our defenses are consistently improving to meet and repel that threat and the folks here at the 33rd Network Warfare Squadron are doing just that."