Air Force Base Opens Cyber Defense Facility

US Airmen of the 322nd Air Expeditionary

A new center aimed at protecting weapons systems from digital attacks and countering cyber threats across the Air Force has officially opened its doors.  

The occasion was marked with a July 9 ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The service said in a release new facility will provide a collaborative space for acquisition professionals to learn about current and new and how to better counter them. 

“We are in an age where we have a very sophisticated threat and an adversary that is really trying to get into all of our systems,” Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Fighters and Bombers, program executive officer, said in a release.“This facility is absolutely going to be at the core of how we protect our systems moving forward.”

The Cyber Resiliency Office for Weapons Systems provided funding and expertise for the project. It expects to stand up similar entities across development, acquisition and sustainment centers, with the goal to make weapon systems more resilient to cyberattacks.

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