Cyber facility gets facelift

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- The 346th Test Squadron cut the ribbon May 4 on the newly renovated emissions security testing facility here.

The facility makeover, which cost approximately $100,000, will allow the 346th EMSEC flight to streamline their operations and more efficiently utilize their personnel and resources.

"The countermeasure recommendations we'll derive from EMSEC testing in this facility are the most cost-effective and reliable in the service," said Lt. Col. Heather Anderson, 346th TS commander. "With this one stop location, we can deliver those recommendations to leaders at all levels in a timely manner."

The new-look facility will serve as the Air Force's TEMPEST test capability, a subset of EMSEC focused on protecting emissions from unauthorized collection.

"TEMPEST testing searches the radio frequency spectrum for unintended signals that have the potential to reveal national security information processed electronically," said Capt. Sunil Patel, 346th TS EMSEC flight commander.

Patel noted that TEMPEST testing helps ensure mission assurance -- that Air Force missions occur without inadvertent release of data and information.

" TEMPEST supports the transmission of graphical situational updates sent to B-2 bombers and F-16 fighters, command and control messages sent to the E-4B and the daily processing of sensitive information in fixed Air Force locations worldwide," Patel said.

One of the first projects the EMSEC team will undertake in their refurbished facility is testing proposed modifications to a variety of aircraft communications systems. They also plan to test equipment for B-52s and a battlefield communication kit designed for use throughout the Department of Defense.