Air Force Space Command is restructuring its Air Force Network Integration Center at Scott AFB, Ill., announced command officials May 15. Under the changes, AFNIC will no longer have cyberspace lead command functions and will instead concentrate on overseeing the Air Force Network, they said. “These changes will allow AFNIC to focus on its core mission and ultimately make AFNIC the premier Air Force organization providing network integration and engineering services for the Air Force,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, AFSPC vice commander. The center’s former cyber-related staff functions, such as cyber training programs and cyber requirements support, will transfer to AFSPC’s new Cyberspace Support Squadron that activated at Scott on May 14. Oversight of AFNIC’s previous cyber-related line operations and maintenance functions will shift to the 92nd Information Operations Squadron and 38th Cyber Readiness Squadron, both of which stood up at Scott on April 27 under 24th Air Force, the command’s cyber operations arm headquartered at JBSA-Lackland, Tex.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.