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Construction begins on first cyber warfare intelligence center




Construction begins on first cyber warfare intelligence center
Construction begins on first cyber warfare intelligence center



http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123204543 

5/14/2010

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- Engineers with the Air Force 
Center for Engineering and the Environment have begun construction on 
the new 38,000 square-foot cyber warfare command center.  The facility 
will be home for the 68th Network Warfare Squadron and the 710th 
Information Operations Flight currently located at Brooks City-Base in 
San Antonio.
 
Officials from the 68th NWS recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to 
officially commence construction.  It is scheduled to be completed this 
fall.

"This building will be the first of its kind in the nation, as well as 
the first step in the new warfare, cyber warfare," said Col. Bradford 
Shwedo, 68th NWS commander.

Air Force officials chose Lackland AFB to be the hub of cyber command 
operations. One reason was because of its proximity to other 
cyber-related commands such as the National Security Agency's Texas 
Cryptologic Center; the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and 
Reconnaissance Agency; the 67th Network Warfare Wing; the Joint 
Information Operations Warfare Command; and the Air Force Cryptologic 
Support Group.

The facility's construction is one of the base realignment and closure 
projects being managed and executed through AFCEE and constructed by 
TolTest, Inc.

The BRAC commission is a federal entity set up to review the assets and 
property of military installations, close excess bases and realign 
operations and resources to maximize tax payer dollars.

The building, which will serve as an office building for 400 employees, 
will be designed and constructed in accordance with Leadership in Energy 
and Environmental Design requirements. LEED is a goal-oriented approach 
to the design, construction, and operation of "green" buildings. LEED 
certification requires the facilities built have environmentally 
friendly features, use recyclable materials when possible, and use 
energy efficient lighting and appliances.

"We are excited about the opportunity to design and construct the 
intelligence operations center for the Air Force Reserve Command and the 
Air Force Space Command, which will be essential to the execution of 
their cyber warfare capabilities," said AFCEE project manager Mark 
Stough.


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