By Maj. Bill Woolf
57th Adversary Tactics Support Squadron
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNEWS) -- Officials from the 57th
Information Aggressor Squadron hosted the first-ever Information
Operations Threat Analysis Working Group at the Threat Training Facility
at Nellis March 27 to 29.
This event brought together experts from 31 U.S. intelligence, research
and development, and operational organizations to identify and
characterize current and emerging threats.
"Every time you turn on your computer, you enter the cyber battlefield
and become a potential target for hackers, terrorists and nation-states
trying to obtain any information they can," said Lt. Col. Lisa Onaga,
57th ATG deputy commander. "Although you may not 'see' them, our
adversaries are out there, constantly employing sophisticated techniques
to gain access to our systems and extract data."
The 57th IAS is one of 11 squadrons assigned to the 57th Adversary
Tactics Group. The group's mission is to replicate adversary air,
surface-to-air, space and cyberspace threats, and train friendly forces
to defeat them during major exercises like Red Flag and aggressor road
shows. The 57th IAS staff members will use the information produced by
the working group to improve their replication capabilities and educate
Airmen on information operations threats.
In addition to assessing adversary information operations capabilities
and discussing ways to defeat them, working group participants will
learn about the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center's emerging threat tactics
team and its role in preparing Airmen for battle in the information
Cross-talk among members of the information operations community is
critical to countering this growing threat, said Colonel Onaga.
"Working groups like this one provide an ideal forum to exchange
information and leverage efforts in and outside the Air Force to ensure
our forces are prepared for the full spectrum of combat operations," she
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