A team from the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Center for Cyberspace Research at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, received the best score in this year’s cyber defense exercise (CDX) sponsored by the National Security Agency. This annual event pits NSA cyber security experts against students from the US military service academies and Defense Department post-graduate schools. During the five-day exercise, the teams of students must protect their respective networks while under attack by NSA mock aggressors. “This year’s exercise incorporated additional realism by adding users who perform typical tasks that end up compromising their computer,” said Tim Lacey, CCR adjunct instructor of computer science. Both of CCR’s teams performed well, but team two achieved the highest overall score. AFIT students began competing in the CDX in 2003 and have earned high point distinction for seven of the past eight years. (Wright-Patterson release)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.