Air Force launches first cyberspace weapons system

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    Amber Corrin, Senior Staff Writer
    12:57 p.m. EST January 20, 2016

    The Air Force earlier this month reached full operational capability in its Air Force Intranet Control (AFINC) Weapon System, which service officials say is the first cyberspace weapons system to reach FOC status.

    AFINC reaching FOC means that the system “is fully capable to serve as the top-level defensive boundary and entry point for all network traffic into AFINC,” according to an Air Force release. The system comprises 16 gateway suites whittled down from more than 100 regionally managed network entry points that were consolidated or replaced.

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    First Cyberspace Weapon System Attains Full Operational Capability (FOC) Status

    1/19/2016 - Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. -- A major milestone was achieved on 7 January 2016 when the Air Force Intranet Control (AFINC) Weapon System became the first cyberspace weapon system to reach FOC status.

    Achieving FOC means the AFINC weapon system is fully capable to serve as the top-level defensive boundary and entry point for all network traffic into the Air Force Information Network. The AFINC weapon system controls the flow of all external and inter-base traffic through standard, centrally managed gateways.

    The AFINC weapon system consists of 16 Gateway Suites, 15 SIPRNET Nodes, 200+ Service Delivery Points, two Integrated Management Suites, and is operated by the 26th Network Operations Squadron (26th NOS) located at Gunter Annex, Montgomery, AL.

    "It was an amazing team effort to achieve FOC," said Lt Col Omar Velasco, 26th NOS commander. "We couldn't have done it without our Air Force Lifecycle Management Center Program Office at Hanscom AFB, HQ AFSPC and 24th Air Force staffs, and most importantly our dedicated military, civilian, and contractor personnel employing the AFINC cyber weapon system to sustain and defend the Air Force network."

    The AFINC weapon system replaced and consolidated 100+ regionally managed disparate Air Force network entry points into 16 centrally managed access points for all traffic through the Air Force network. The AFINC weapon system provides greater agility to take defensive actions across the network. AFINC was officially designated a weapon system by the Air Force Chief of Staff in March 2013 and achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in May 2014.

    "As the first line of defense for our network, the 26th NOS team is responsible for more than one billion firewall, web, and email blocks per week from suspicious and adversarial sources," stated Col Pamela Woolley, 26th Cyberspace Operations Group commander. "Our network is under constant attack and it is a testament to the dedication of our 26th NOS team that our network reliability and traffic flow remains consistently high."

    The AFINC Cyberspace Weapon System serves more than 1M Air Force users at 237 sites worldwide. Their infrastructure is among the largest in the world, yet operated and maintained by a single Air Force unit. As the weapon system and 26th NOS operations have evolved, their mission set now includes intelligence gathering, cyberspace surveillance and reconnaissance, interdiction, and security.

    After declaring the AFINC weapon system FOC, Brigadier General Stephen Whiting, HQ AFSPC Director of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and ISR Operations stated, "This is a great achievement for the Air Force and the first cyberspace weapon system to achieve FOC. We look forward to continued rapid progress and maturation of the Air Force Cyberspace mission. As we all know, our mission is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace."

    Other cyberspace weapons systems include the Air Force Cyberspace Defense Weapon System, the Cyber Security and Control System Weapon System, the Cyber Command and Control Mission System Weapon System, the Cyberspace Defense Analysis Weapon System, and the Cyberspace Vulnerability Assessment/Hunter Weapon System

    http://www.afspc.af.mil/news1/story.asp?id=123467152
     
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    I don't get it.|Arghh|

    Is it a weapon or what? :/--0 In the above article it says:
    Isn't this just a new firewall? From what I am reading here it is controlling what enters the network and whats leaves it thus it would be a firewall. |Yawn|

    Someone can send an email to the author and ask whats special about it.
     
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    Air Force adds to deal for cyber weapon system
    The Air Force is continuing to shore up its cybersecurity posture while making its networks interoperable with the Defense Department-wide Joint Regional Security Stacks.

    The service has awarded Cyber Defense Information Assurance an $11.5 million contract modification for work on the Air Force Intranet Control, which the Air Force described as its first cyberspace weapon system when it awarded the initial, $8 million contract to the company in January.


    More at: https://defensesystems.com/articles/2016/04/06/air-force-afinc-cyber-weapon-system-contract.aspx
     
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