The 175th Cyberspace Operations Group was activated on Sunday during a ceremony at Warfield ANGB, Md., according to a release. The group will consist of three cyberspace operations squadrons, an operations support squadron, and intelligence squadron. Also during the ceremony, the 175th Network Warfare Squadron was redesignated as the 175th Cyberspace Operations Squadron and the 135th Airlift Squadron became the 135th Intelligence Squadron. “We have just been activated and already have two mobilizations scheduled. We are on the ground floor of the Air Force’s newest mission,” said group commander Col. Shawn Bratton. According to the release, “The Department of Defense networks are probed approximately 250,000 times per hour with more than 100 foreign intelligence organizations attempting to steal information.” The group is eventually projected to include 300 airmen, who will “provide cyber command readiness inspections, critical infrastructure and vulnerability assessments, as well as support interagency partners.”
As the Pentagon increasingly pivots its focus to strategic competition with China, the U.S. will look to expand its partnership with South Korea to increase security across the entire Indo-Pacific region, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said Dec. 2 during a visit to the northeastern Asian nation.